Untold stories wanted about Bailiff Bridge

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Bailiff Bridge residents and former workers of Firth’s Carpets at the old Clifton Mill are being sought to take part in a new research project.

Dr Lisa Taylor, Principal Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University, has launched a new project which aims to understand the effect of the demolition of the iconic mill on the village and community.

Firths 21 12 AB Various pictures of the demolition work at Firths Carpets Bailiff Bridge. -sdmlab01-15-

Firths 21 12 AB Various pictures of the demolition work at Firths Carpets Bailiff Bridge. -sdmlab01-15-

As a key part of her research, she would like to invite participants – those who live in Bailiff Bridge, in villages nearby or even who used to live there - to a focus group in Bailiff Bridge.

This will be followed by individual ‘walk and talk’ interviews around the village.

Participants will have their travel expenses and refreshments paid for as well as receiving a £20 Amazon voucher for each activity attended.

Lisa explained: “From my own experience of growing up in Bailiff Bridge in the 1970s, there was a great sense of community through the shared experience of setting up life in the mill village and of making carpets.”

The project aims to build a picture of how local people perceive the life of Bailiff Bridge as a post-industrial village. The project will result in a dedicated Firth’s Carpets website, a photographic exhibition, and a journal article.

If anyone has tories to tell or photographs to share about life​ at Firth’s Carpets contact Dr Lisa Taylor at alteredlandscapes@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or on 0113 812 7727.