Waterstones – The Wool Exchange Bradford has to be the UK’s most beautiful bookshop.

TUESDAY 17th APRIL 2012.


Wet and windy start to the day, however Waterstones in the Wool Exchange builidng in the centre of Bradford is a fantastic location for a book signing. Here’s a few pictures for you, although they don’t even begin to show you the splendour of the magnificent bookstore – followed by a few interesting facts about Bradford and it’s less savoury characters!




Winner – DI Dylan’s latest recruit! The lovely Mavis Beanland! We were lucky enough to get a picture of this lady at the book signing too!

 Friends Steve and Jenny!

 Friends Janet and Mark!

  And the day rounded off with a visit to Prego’s in Brighouse with our best friend Grainne!

As you can see we caught up with some old friends and met some wonderful people.

DI Dylan’s found a new recruit is Mavis Beanland, and be warned she carries her stick with her everywhere! Mavis called into Waterstones with her daughter Janice today and what a wonderful time we had with them. Mavis will be featuring in a future DI Dylan novel so watch our for her!

Halifax WHS tomorrow after interview with the feature editor at the Halifax Courier and Yorkshire TV on Thursday but we will update you with that news later! Exciting times to come on our tour!

Night All!

Interesting facts you might not know about Bradford:-

Bradford began as a village by a ford. Brad meant broad, By the time of the doomsday book 1086 there were around 300-350 people a large village. It was turned into a town when villagers were allowed to hold a weekly market.

As the town developed the woollen mills were described as, dark & satanic workplaces.

Mass immigration in 1851 from Germany & Ireland saw the population rise from 6,000 to an incredible 103,000. Today its population is around 467,000.

The Wool Exchange was built in 1804. To read more… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wool_Exchange,_Bradford

The  Alhambra Theatre opened in 1914. To read more … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradford_Alhambra

And Bradford hosts the National Museum of Photographer. To read more… http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/

One of the most notorious killers in our working lifetime was Peter William Sutcliffe (born 2 June 1946) who was dubbed “The Yorkshire Ripper”. In 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attacking seven others. Bob was actually doing observations in the area Helen Rytka was murdered on the 31st January 1978 but they ceased due to rest days the night before the murder took place. As a young detective he was on the search team at Helen Rytka’s home after her body was discovered. On 4th April 1979 Bob was working as a young detective when Josephine Whittakers body was found on Skircoat Green. Carol was living in the area – they were both around the same age. To read more… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sutcliffe

Donald Neilson (1 August 1936 – 18 December 2011), born Donald Nappey and also known as the “Black Panther“, he was born in Dewsbury – West Riding of Yorkshire. To read more … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Neilson


 At the end of the tour the person chosen to be character named in a ‘DI Dylan’ novel is Mavis Beanland!


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  • Thank you! I’m writing these up as soon as possible after the event so you’re travelling with us – usually it’s late at night so I’m so pleased you’re enjoying them. Best, Carol

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