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Houses on Reevy Road West in Buttershaw
Buttershaw shown within West Yorkshire
|Metropolitan borough||City of Bradford|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Buttershaw consists mostly of 1940s council housing with the building starting in 1947 and continuing until the 1960s. These parts of Buttershaw gained notability in 1986 when they were featured as the setting for most of the scenes in the film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, based on plays by local resident Andrea Dunbar. The estate gained something of a cult status thanks to the film, although at first there was much discontent among local people who complained that it further tarnished the estate's already undesirable reputation. Since the 1980s, many of the older homes around Buttershaw (including some of the blocks of flats that appeared in several of the film's scenes) have been demolished to be replaced by new homes.
The original settlement of Buttershaw was about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east, which is why Buttershaw's church of St Pauls is in Wibsey. The settlement moved west in the 19th Century with the building of Bottomley's Mill on Halifax Road and the construction of workers' cottages (such as Bottomley St) adjacent to the existing settlement of Beck Hill.
The construction of the council estate moved the centre of the district northward on to what was then farm land, which prior to the 20th century had been extensively mined. The Ordnance Survey map of 1852 shows the density of mines across the area, and that for 1910 shows the conversion to farm land.
In 1956 Buttershaw Secondary School was opened on Reevy Road. The school was to accommodate the baby boom caused by the large number of children born after the end of the Second World War. The initial intake was 300 children and 12 staff. Mr H E Cooke was the headmaster. On the school's first day on 3 September 1956 there was only one four storey teaching block as it was only half built. Over the next seven years a house block, theatre and swimming pool were added with an official opening in 1964. It was renamed Buttershaw Comprehensive School, and over the years it has evolved into an Upper, then High School. Today it is Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College. Work is underway to demolish the original teaching block to be replaced with new-build facilities. On 23 September 2006 over 100 pupils from the first intake of 1956 met at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford to celebrate the school's Golden Anniversary. In the 2007 Queens Birthday Honours list David Kershaw, the school's first Head boy (1956), was made a CBE for his services to Education. 2008 saw the opening of the new building. As the new building was opened the school was renamed Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College.