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J. Bradbury & Sons Ltd., number 241 Dewsbury Road (Hunslet) (4 comments)
Black & White image1918. This image shows the newly opened shop of J. Bradbury and Sons Ltd., the very first of 21 branches, which opened in 1918 at number 241 Dewsbury Road. Joseph Bradbury, a pork butcher, was known in the trade as 'Porky Joe' and had previously worked for Wainwright's who were eventually bought out by Bradburys. It was actually one of his sons, Roland, who started the family firm here. He had served in the Royal Navy during the First World War and used his demob gratuity to finance the business. It is likely that both Roland and his father Joseph are amongst the members of white-aproned staff standing in front of the smart shop frontage. Later, Roland's two younger brothers, Frank and William, joined the company. In 1961 Bradbury's became part of Farm Stores Ltd., a company set up in 1928. Farm Stores (Leeds) and Associated Dairies were incorporated as a public company in 1949, and were known as Associated Dairies Ltd. in 1963. In 1965 Asda Stores Ltd. was formed and Asda opened their first store at South Elmsall near Wakefield. The Bradbury family had twenty shops in the pork butchery business before selling their interests to Asda.
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Joseph Bradbury & Sons, Studio Portrait (Hunslet)
Black & White imageUndated. Studio portrait of Joseph Bradbury with his three sons, from left to right, Frank, Roland and William. Roland, pictured in his Royal Naval uniform, was the founder of the successful pork butcher's business of J. Bradbury & Sons Ltd. with capital raised from his demob gratuity which he received at the end of the First World War. His father, Joseph, brought his skills as a butcher to the firm (he had recently been working for Wainwright's, later bought out by Bradbury's) and Roland's two brothers, Frank and William, joined at a later date. It was decided to name it J. Bradbury & Sons Ltd. for ease although it was essentially Roland's business from its very beginnings. The Kelly's Directory for 1947 shows that the business had expanded greatly over the years with many branches of Bradbury's throughout Leeds. They are listed in Dewsbury Road (the very first shop at number 241 which Roland purchased in 1919), Great George Street, Tong Road, Hyde Park Corner, County Arcade/Vicar Lane, Meanwood Road, Harehills Road, North Lane, Roundhay Road, Darfield Place, Balm Road, Stanningley Road, Bramley, Town Street, Stanningley and Middleton Park Circus. The meat processing factory was based at number 1 Flaxton View, Leeds 11 and later there was a farm at Yeadon. Eventually, there were 21 branches of Bradbury's. Roland Bradbury is listed in the 1947 directory as living at 'Colette', number 4 Otley Road, Bramhope. He was eventually to become President of the Pork Butchers' Association (Leeds). The photograph was taken in the studio of photographer, Mr. William Harrison of number 68 Meadow Road, Leeds 11.
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Roland Bradbury, President of the Pork Butchers' Association (Leeds) (Unknown) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. Portrait of Roland Bradbury wearing his chains of office in his role as President of the Pork Butchers' Associaton (Leeds). He was the founder of the very successful chain of pork butcher's shops in Leeds known as J. Bradbury & Sons Ltd. The name of the firm is misleading as although Roland's father, Joseph, brought in his butchering skills (he had previously been working for Wainwright's Pork Butchers, later bought out by Bradbury's) it was essentially Roland who got the business off the ground. His two brothers, Frank and William, joined later. Roland served in the Royal Navy during the First World War and used his demob gratuity to finance the business. In 1919 he was able to purchase his first shop at number 241 Dewsbury Road. The success of the company grew and over the years more and more branches were opened. The Kelly's 1947 Directory for Leeds lists the first shop in Dewsbury Road still in operation, as well as many others throughout Leeds including Great George Street, Tong Road, Hyde Park Corner, Vicar Lane, Meanwood Road, Harehills Road, North Lane, Roundhay Road, Darfield Place, Balm Road, Stanningley Road, Bramley, Town Street, Stanningley and Middleton Park Circus. The factory was based at number 1 Flaxton View, Leeds 11 and there was a farm at Yeadon. Eventually, there were 21 shops. In 1947 Roland Bradbury is listed in the Directory as living at 'Colette', number 4 Otley Road, Bramhope. J. Bradbury & Sons Ltd. was eventually acquired by Farm Stores, part of the Associated Dairies Group (what was to become Asda/Walmart) and grew to shares worth £38 million. Bradbury's were well-known by Leeds people for the quality of their pork products which included their own pork pies, savoury squares or 'penny ducks', brawn and black pudding. These tasty, economical types of products were especially popular in the 1920s and 30s when families were finding it hard to make ends meet.
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