Bradford Secret River Plaque Trail

Bradford Beck exposed
Bradford Beck exposed during building of Broadway

A culvert beneath the Broadway shopping centre was rebuilt in the 1950s in brick and again in concrete 20 years later.

Flowing under Bradford is a secret river often unknown and un-noticed as it makes its way from the old Odeon cinema, under centenery square and Broadway emerging at Queen's Road after which it runs mostly in an open channel to Shipley.

Organised by the Friends of Bradford’s Becks group, 15 pavement plaques carved out of stone have been placed in pavements between Thornton Road, by the former Odeon, through to Lower Kirkgate, past the Midland Hotel.

You can follow the trail of 15 plaques along the route of Bradford Beck as it flows hidden beneath the centre of Bradford. Each one of the dark slate-coloured paving stones bears two lines of a poem, the sponsor’s name and an arrow showing the beck’s direction of flow. The poem was the winning entry in a public poetry competition held in 2015.


Bradford beck plaque 1
Plaque 1 on side of Odeon

Bradford Beck Plaque 1
Plaque 1

Plaque 1

This plaque is sponsored by Bradford Live

On westerly moors

Rise Chellow, Pinch, Pitty


Bradford Beck Plaque 2
Plaque 2 Thornton Road Traffic Island

Bradford Beck Plaque 2
Plaque 2

Plaque 2

This plaque is sponsored by Safe Style

Energy once harnessed To power this wool city


Bradford Beck Plaque 3
Plaque 3 at the bottom of Godwin Street near Anchor Housing

Plaque 3 This plaque is sponsored by Anchor Housing

Goit and beck in parallel

Power in, waste out


Bradford Beck Plaque 4
Plaque 4 at the bottom of Miller Gate, a cul-de-sac off Aldermanbury.

Bradford Beck Plaque 4
Plaque 4

Plaque 4 This plaque is sponsored by British Land