Odd Fellows Hall, Shipley

Application to demolish public house in Shipley:

https://planning.bradford.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PB3E4RDHGAS00

Oddfellows Hall Shipley.jpg

A formidable white cube of a building from 1840, as the name suggests, there is a lot of social history tied up in this institution.

The Odd Fellows reflected those individuals outside of guilded institutions, yet wished to fraternise with like minded folk. Rather like the Masons, the Odd Fellows order built a network of meeting halls like this. In Yorkshire they are another reflection of Victorian will for civic participation and social capital.

Now, it reflects the death of pub culture, and I am saddened to include this building on this list, having such an intriguing and benevolent provenance.

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