Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why we renamed a building after Bradfordian Sir Henry Mitchell

You may have noticed that one of our buildings is now called Sir Henry Mitchell House – and you may be forgiven for wondering why.

The former Mercury House in Manchester Road, which now bears Sir Henry’s moniker, is the new home of Bradford Council’s children’s services.

Previously our children’s services were dispersed around the district in separate offices. We decided to bring them all together at 4 Manchester Road, as part of our drive to save money by selling off under-used offices around the district.

But back to Sir Henry Mitchell. What’s his connection with Bradford? Well, born in Esholt, Sir Henry lived from 1824 to 1898 and was a Bradford mill owner and philanthropist, though not quite on the same scale as Sir Titus Salt who built an entire village.

Sir Henry Mitchell

Sir Henry founded Bradford Technical School, now part of Bradford College. He was rewarded by becoming Mayor of Bradford in 1874 and the first Honorary Freeman of the City of Bradford (a ceremonial honour with mediaeval origins which brings no special privileges these days, but is a mark of a city’s gratitude for exceptional services).

Read more about Sir Henry Mitchell on Wikipedia.

Later this year the former Central Library building is to be named Margaret McMillan Tower. That’s after Margaret McMillan who lived from 1860 to 1931 and campaigned for universal suffrage and reforms to improve the health of young children. We’ll write more about Margaret McMillan when that building opens.

Henry Mitchell picture credit:
Henry Mitchell Vanity Fair 5 July 1890 by Leslie Ward – Published in Vanity Fair, 5 July 1890.  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

What happens to Christmas trees taken for recycling?

You may remember that in December we told you we can recycle your old Christmas trees. Now we can show you what happened to the trees you donated this winter.

Some of your trees are taken to our friends at Springfield Community Garden, in Holme Wood. The centre is for adults with learning difficulties and they really look forward to this delivery.

The clients at Springfield Community Garden cut up the trees for mulching in the garden, and firewood for their outdoor oven which they use to teach outdoor cooking.