Barkerend Road looking towards the city centre
Barkerend shown within West Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan borough||City of Bradford|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Barkerend is an inner-city area in the Bowling and Barkerend ward of the Bradford District, in the English county of West Yorkshire. Barkerend is located to the east of Bradford city centre. The Barkerend area is not easy to define but it is surrounded by Undercliffe, and Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford Moor, Laisterdyke, Bowling, Broomfields, Little Germany and the Shipley Airedale Road, and Wapping but includes an area of new and modern housing known as Pollard Park.
Off Barkerend roundabout was the now partially demolished Barkerend Mills. These mills were established in 1815 as a steam powered worsted spinning mill. The street front buildings being warehouses with an arched gateway into the mill complex behind. More mills were added in 1852 and the last block (seen on the image left with chimney) still remains today, disused and minus the chimney.
The area had a number of cinemas including The Hippodrome Picturehouse / Roxy on Barkerend Road.
The majority of Barkerend's population are of South Asian origin in particular Pakistani, Bangladeshi & some Afghan and the area has high levels of unemployment, and social and economic deprivation.
Barkerend has a post office, community health centre, the Karmand Community Centre, and a Lidl supermarket. The Karmand Community Centre offers advice, education, training and recreational activities to the local community. Training is also offered by the Appleton House Training Centre on Barkerend Road.
There are a number of mosques in Barkerend including the Barkerend Road Mosque (Jamiyat Tabligh-ul-Islam) that was once the Hippodrome Picturehouse and Roxy. The imposing former Hanson Grammar School* on Barkerend Road were later to be occupied by Carlton Bolling School, and Pollard Park Middle School. These buildings are now the Byron Halls luxury flats. Hanson School itself moved to the Swain House area of Bradford between Bolton and Five Lane Ends, while Carlton Bolling became a college after moving to new premises in the north of Barkerend. Designed by Edward Prioleau Warren and built 1892–1894 in a neo-Gothic style with an octagonal corner clock turret, the grade II star listed St. Clement's Church* on Barkerend Road is most notable for its ceiling decoration by Morris & Co.
The area has lost all but one of its public houses including the eponymous Barkerend on Barkerend Road and the historic Cock and Bottle pub. Listed buildings on Barkerend Road are the aforementioned Cock and Bottle public house, the Church of St. Mary and Presbytery, Barkerend Mills, Butler House, the Church of St. Clement, and numbers 181 and 214. On Byron Street is Boldshay Hall, Byron Halls and School House, Byron School and Olive School and on Hendford Drive there is Barkerend School and rear range.
The A658 New Otley Road, A647 Leeds Road, and B6381 Barkerend Road run through Barkerend and the area is served by FirstGroup's Bradford 636 and 637 Orange Line bus services connecting Barkerend to surrounding areas.
Barkerend Primary School in Hendford Drive was established in 1873 and takes pupils in the age range 3–12. A newer building has been added to accommodate growing pupil numbers while the original building is grade II listed. To the east is Byron Primary School in new premises on Barkerend Road. The original Byron Primary premises are occupied by Olive Secondary School.
To the east of Barkerend is the landscaped Myra Shay sports ground opened in 2006, a development by Regen 2000. Myra Shay has three football pitches, two five-a-side football pitches, a cricket pitch, kabaddi court, changing facilities and a play area. Myra Shay takes its name from a manor house that used to occupy the area.
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