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Richar Hawley mention this shop as one of the first he visited with his dad.

It being Record Store Day weekend again (April 21) I thought I’d take a look at another of my teenage vinyl haunts. BRADLEYS was quite a friendly shop. Well two shops. Maybe more. They also had smart paper shop bags as the design above shows. The smaller branch on Fargate (No. 59) just down from the Town Hall was good for singles. It would take the staff ages to hunt out the relevant record from the thousands in store, but as they seemed to have the prettiest assistants, you were usually happy to watch them look, occasionally being rewarded with a glimpse of Paisley patterned underwear. There may have been more storage upstairs, I certainly recall it being quite cramped. It’s not easy to remember and sadly the no doubt London property company which owns the whole block gutted it from roof to cellar a few years ago, just keeping the facade, so we can’t check. This smallish photograph of the block shows Bradleys around the late 70s I would think ) check the Girlywig shop on the far left too!). There was a second bigger shop at 103/105 West St called Bradleys Music (listed there in the directory for 1973), which dealt in musical instruments and had a good selection of guitars. I can’t remember going in much so perhaps they didn’t keep records. Richard Hawley guitarist, singer-songwriter

After this the story gets a little hazy, one reason why it’s worth people trying to get stuff into print before memories fade altogether! The chain certainly expanded, and had branches all over Yorkshire by the late seventies (opening in Barnsley as late as October 1982). I have a later plastic bag from the shop which lists Rochdale, Huddersfield, Manchester and Doncaster as well. It seems to be agreed that they also opened a store on Chapel Walk in Sheffield, opposite what used to be the Methodist Bookshop. I think Bradley’s may have taken over another store in town later across from the Peace Gardens on Pinstone Street, and rebranded it. One of the Bradley’s stores was also a chart return one, but I don’t know which. There was still a Bradley’s open in Halifax on Market Street in 2008, I think this too has now gone. Hopefully we’ll be able to track down someone who worked for the shops before long. I do recall kids at school swiping album covers from the Fragate store as they were kept quite near the door and could be smuggled out to pin on bedroom walls or school common room. Simon Robinson ST33

Bradley's – a bigger concern upstairs in the Arndale. Used to buy my singles here for 75p
Clampdown – still going and currently situated just off Piccadilly – next to a barber’s shop and a dodgy DVD store. Gets some nice collectors’ bit in now and again. Not cheap though, so be warned.

( Mrach 18. 2016) Bradleys in Halifax was on the edge of the Borough Market. So the pukka shopfront was on Northgate but there was a back entrance in the market itself. They also had the benefit of being next to one of the entrances so had a window on the side of the shop as well as front and back. Good pitch. Because the market was on a hill - most things are in Halifax - Bradleys had two levels. The lower one accessed from the Northgate entrance, and then you went up some steps to the market bit of the shop. There was - in the sixties ath least - a counter on both levels. Comment: Truats Hetytarl.
Comment
Just to say I worked in Doncaster shop with Brenda, Jean and others
Name
Susan Bennett ( Lettin)
(2019)
Comment
A couple of notes: Bradleys actually had a record label of their own in the mid-70s and released records by some local acts which charted - Brotherhood of Man for example.
The shop in Doncaster became Our Price in the late 80s alongside some of the others. I assume it was a takeover. They later became Virgin shops (or was it the other way around?).
Name
Simon Greenwood
(2019)

Comment
John Bradley was a multi talented musician and at one time I rated him as my best friend. He played the sax and the piano and the electronic Hammond organ. I first saw him as a member of the dance band at the Astoria (i think) ballroom in Manchester. He was married to Vicky who was the lead female singer with the band. They had 2 children a boy and a girl. As it happens i have just written up a lot of notes of my experiences at this time in the swinging sixties.I have lots of memories of JB. if you are interested please let me know.
Name
Ray Bell
(2020)

Comment
Did anyone come across my Mum Michele Schofield who was the manageress?
She sadly died in 1987.
Name
Debby Schofield
(2021)

Comment
I worked at most if the Bradley's stores, starting on West Street selling organs,then moved into Fargate and was one of the team that opened all the other outlets
Great days
Name
Steve Barrett-White
(2022)

( Mrach 18. 2016) Bradleys in Halifax was on the edge of the Borough Market. So the pukka shopfront was on Northgate but there was a back entrance in the market itself. They also had the benefit of being next to one of the entrances so had a window on the side of the shop as well as front and back. Good pitch. Because the market was on a hill - most things are in Halifax - Bradleys had two levels. The lower one accessed from the Northgate entrance, and then you went up some steps to the market bit of the shop. There was - in the sixties ath least - a counter on both levels. Comment: Truats Hetytarl.
Comment
Just to say I worked in Doncaster shop with Brenda, Jean and others
Name
Susan Bennett ( Lettin)
(2019)
Comment
A couple of notes: Bradleys actually had a record label of their own in the mid-70s and released records by some local acts which charted - Brotherhood of Man for example.
The shop in Doncaster became Our Price in the late 80s alongside some of the others. I assume it was a takeover. They later became Virgin shops (or was it the other way around?).
Name
Simon Greenwood
(2019)

Comment
John Bradley was a multi talented musician and at one time I rated him as my best friend. He played the sax and the piano and the electronic Hammond organ. I first saw him as a member of the dance band at the Astoria (i think) ballroom in Manchester. He was married to Vicky who was the lead female singer with the band. They had 2 children a boy and a girl. As it happens i have just written up a lot of notes of my experiences at this time in the swinging sixties.I have lots of memories of JB. if you are interested please let me know.
Name
Ray Bell
(2020)

Comment
Did anyone come across my Mum Michele Schofield who was the manageress?
She sadly died in 1987.
Name
Debby Schofield
(2021)


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Sarah
16 Mar 2024 at 06:05
I worked in Bradleys Records Huddersfield with Drew, Dawn, Liz, Caroline, Mark, Kevin, Christine, Wendy, Philip, Janet, Andrew, Phil and probably a few more over the years.
Sue
17 Mar 2024 at 05:26
Hi I worked in the Halifax branch from 1966 to 1982.

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