Blaze-hit Shipley building to be demolished today

The building on Leeds Road at Fox Corner that was being demolished today

The building on Leeds Road at Fox Corner that was being demolished today

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

An iconic former bingo hall and cinema in Shipley which was destroyed by a massive blaze last night is to be pulled down today, it has been confirmed.

The derelict 1930s listed building, on Leeds Road at Fox Corner, has been declared structurally unsafe after it was engulfed by flames and will be demolished at 9am.

The Telegraph & Argus today reported how thick smoke and particles of ash drifted among snow flakes into the night sky as firefighters, armed with more than ten engines, battled to control the blaze, which is thought to have started at about 8pm.

A West Yorkshire Fire service spokesman said the building, formerly the Glen Royal Cinema, was “on its last legs” at about 2am, and crews used mobile ground monitors and water towers to quell the flames so firefighters were not put at risk.

A number of firefighters remain at the scene and the road is expected to remain closed all day.

Police say there are “no known suspicious circumstances” surrounding the fire and a joint investigation into the cause is being held with the fire service.

Shipley railway station is also closed and is likely to remain so for most of the day.

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9:21am Fri 18 Jan 13

Truffle shuffle says...

Shipley train station is not closed!!
Shipley train station is not closed!! Truffle shuffle
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9:28am Fri 18 Jan 13

fish'n'chips says...

T&A The station is not closed i just used it this morning.......
T&A The station is not closed i just used it this morning....... fish'n'chips
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10:04am Fri 18 Jan 13

ertnec says...

Its a shame yet another building has gone, its probably what the developers wanted any way. Looks like more dwellings after all.
Its a shame yet another building has gone, its probably what the developers wanted any way. Looks like more dwellings after all. ertnec
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10:26am Fri 18 Jan 13

pweibj67 says...

they are doing a discovery channel documentary on the strange mysterious going ons up Thornton Road.

It has to be a strange phenomenon as i don't believe that would set on fire for any other reason!
they are doing a discovery channel documentary on the strange mysterious going ons up Thornton Road. It has to be a strange phenomenon as i don't believe that would set on fire for any other reason! pweibj67
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10:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

Joedavid says...

"The derelict 1930s listed building,.."
Listed surely not.
If correct what was special about it?
If correct why not the Bradford New Victoria listed, does not make sense.
"The derelict 1930s listed building,.." Listed surely not. If correct what was special about it? If correct why not the Bradford New Victoria listed, does not make sense. Joedavid
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11:15am Fri 18 Jan 13

Andy2010 says...

Albion. wrote:
MontyLeMar wrote:
pweibj67 wrote:
hurrah so they can build flats/apartments on it after all!

what a lucky lucky strike for the developers!

such a huge coincidence!
Not sure I'd fancy a flat right next door to Fox Corner. It must be the most congested, noisy and polluted road junction in Bradford. I suppose if they are air conditioned with nuclear/biological/c


hemical filters fitted they may be safe to live in, but I wouldn't fancy it. Now, another Tesco convenience store or drive-thru Burger King might be more like it.

Still, it is sad to see the end of this building.
The adjoining nightclub to the right of the building, was being restored in preparation for re-opening, you have to wonder if that is connected to the outbreak of the fire or has been damaged by the fire.
Oh I agree

Very strange this building being demolished what with all the planning issues

Mind you its the bradford way isnt it....knock it down and leave a hole there

Or knock it down and build some flats to house the influx of immigrants
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pweibj67[/bold] wrote: hurrah so they can build flats/apartments on it after all! what a lucky lucky strike for the developers! such a huge coincidence![/p][/quote]Not sure I'd fancy a flat right next door to Fox Corner. It must be the most congested, noisy and polluted road junction in Bradford. I suppose if they are air conditioned with nuclear/biological/c hemical filters fitted they may be safe to live in, but I wouldn't fancy it. Now, another Tesco convenience store or drive-thru Burger King might be more like it. Still, it is sad to see the end of this building.[/p][/quote]The adjoining nightclub to the right of the building, was being restored in preparation for re-opening, you have to wonder if that is connected to the outbreak of the fire or has been damaged by the fire.[/p][/quote]Oh I agree Very strange this building being demolished what with all the planning issues Mind you its the bradford way isnt it....knock it down and leave a hole there Or knock it down and build some flats to house the influx of immigrants Andy2010
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11:15am Fri 18 Jan 13

angry bradfordian says...

In 40 years of living Yorkshire I've never heard it called FOX Corner.

Have I been wrong in calling in Foxes Corner for all these years or is the T&A's local knowledge that's not too good?
In 40 years of living Yorkshire I've never heard it called FOX Corner. Have I been wrong in calling in Foxes Corner for all these years or is the T&A's local knowledge that's not too good? angry bradfordian
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11:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

cassetteman says...

The correct name is in fact "Fox Corner" because there used to be a pub on the corner called The Fox which was demolished years ago to make way for the road widening, along with the best pie and pea shop in the world which was called Pie 'Oky's!

Most people in and around Shipley though have always called it Fox's Corner
The correct name is in fact "Fox Corner" because there used to be a pub on the corner called The Fox which was demolished years ago to make way for the road widening, along with the best pie and pea shop in the world which was called Pie 'Oky's! Most people in and around Shipley though have always called it Fox's Corner cassetteman
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11:52am Fri 18 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend.

HELP, MISSING CAT
could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th.
http://www.animalsea

rchuk.co.uk/find-los

t-pets/view-pet.php?

p=119461&prt=1
I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend. HELP, MISSING CAT could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th. http://www.animalsea rchuk.co.uk/find-los t-pets/view-pet.php? p=119461&prt=1 RollandSmoke
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11:59am Fri 18 Jan 13

Farsley Bantam says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend. HELP, MISSING CAT could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th. http://www.animalsea rchuk.co.uk/find-los t-pets/view-pet.php? p=119461&prt=1
He'll be in a Tesco burger by now. Sorry to break it to you
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend. HELP, MISSING CAT could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th. http://www.animalsea rchuk.co.uk/find-los t-pets/view-pet.php? p=119461&prt=1[/p][/quote]He'll be in a Tesco burger by now. Sorry to break it to you Farsley Bantam
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12:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

MontyLeMar says...

cassetteman wrote:
The correct name is in fact "Fox Corner" because there used to be a pub on the corner called The Fox which was demolished years ago to make way for the road widening, along with the best pie and pea shop in the world which was called Pie 'Oky's!

Most people in and around Shipley though have always called it Fox's Corner
I always thought it was named in memory of the late, great Sir Marcus Fox, MP for Shipley and chairman of the 1922 Committee, whose constituency office was about 50 metres away up Otley Road. Well, you live and learn.
[quote][p][bold]cassetteman[/bold] wrote: The correct name is in fact "Fox Corner" because there used to be a pub on the corner called The Fox which was demolished years ago to make way for the road widening, along with the best pie and pea shop in the world which was called Pie 'Oky's! Most people in and around Shipley though have always called it Fox's Corner[/p][/quote]I always thought it was named in memory of the late, great Sir Marcus Fox, MP for Shipley and chairman of the 1922 Committee, whose constituency office was about 50 metres away up Otley Road. Well, you live and learn. MontyLeMar
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12:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

MontyLeMar says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend. HELP, MISSING CAT could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th. http://www.animalsea rchuk.co.uk/find-los t-pets/view-pet.php? p=119461&prt=1
He'll be in a Tesco burger by now. Sorry to break it to you
Did it have horse DNA in its blood then Rolland? I'll keep an eye out though.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend. HELP, MISSING CAT could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th. http://www.animalsea rchuk.co.uk/find-los t-pets/view-pet.php? p=119461&prt=1[/p][/quote]He'll be in a Tesco burger by now. Sorry to break it to you[/p][/quote]Did it have horse DNA in its blood then Rolland? I'll keep an eye out though. MontyLeMar
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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Truffle shuffle says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend.

HELP, MISSING CAT
could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th.
http://www.animalsea


rchuk.co.uk/find-los


t-pets/view-pet.php?


p=119461&prt=1
There is a cat similar to this knocking about Victoria Mills car park.
May not be the same one but ive only just noticed it in the last couple of weeks.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend. HELP, MISSING CAT could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th. http://www.animalsea rchuk.co.uk/find-los t-pets/view-pet.php? p=119461&prt=1[/p][/quote]There is a cat similar to this knocking about Victoria Mills car park. May not be the same one but ive only just noticed it in the last couple of weeks. Truffle shuffle
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12:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

Truffle shuffle wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend.

HELP, MISSING CAT
could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th.
http://www.animalsea



rchuk.co.uk/find-los



t-pets/view-pet.php?



p=119461&prt=1
There is a cat similar to this knocking about Victoria Mills car park.
May not be the same one but ive only just noticed it in the last couple of weeks.
Thankyou yours is the second possible sighting in Saltaire. Please anyone in the area keep a look out.
[quote][p][bold]Truffle shuffle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: I too am struggling to see what it was about the building that made it listed. Surely when the building is allowed to fall into disrepair the listing must be regularly reviewed as the costs involved in bringing them up to standards are astronomical and would seldom make the developers a return. The only thing of any real value about this building is the land it sits on and when that is the case the developers will see destructive fires like this one as a godsend. HELP, MISSING CAT could readers in the Shipley area keep their eyes peeled for my cat Luka who has been missing from his home in the Crag Road area of Windhill since January 4th. http://www.animalsea rchuk.co.uk/find-los t-pets/view-pet.php? p=119461&prt=1[/p][/quote]There is a cat similar to this knocking about Victoria Mills car park. May not be the same one but ive only just noticed it in the last couple of weeks.[/p][/quote]Thankyou yours is the second possible sighting in Saltaire. Please anyone in the area keep a look out. RollandSmoke
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2:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mrsslot says...

Such a shame. If the building hadn't of been is such disrepair then it would have been a such an opportunity to bring it back to its former glory. Why do the council let these listed buildings get in such a state? These building are part of Shipleys heritage and should be kept as such. You don't see any of the buildings in Saltaire going to disrepair?
Such a shame. If the building hadn't of been is such disrepair then it would have been a such an opportunity to bring it back to its former glory. Why do the council let these listed buildings get in such a state? These building are part of Shipleys heritage and should be kept as such. You don't see any of the buildings in Saltaire going to disrepair? mrsslot
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2:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13

dave - keighley says...

mrsslot wrote:
Such a shame. If the building hadn't of been is such disrepair then it would have been a such an opportunity to bring it back to its former glory. Why do the council let these listed buildings get in such a state? These building are part of Shipleys heritage and should be kept as such. You don't see any of the buildings in Saltaire going to disrepair?
Whilst it is a shame that these buildings are being demolished - it has nothing to do with the council unless they own it.

If your Council Tax increased to take care of all these buildings there would be even more outrage.
[quote][p][bold]mrsslot[/bold] wrote: Such a shame. If the building hadn't of been is such disrepair then it would have been a such an opportunity to bring it back to its former glory. Why do the council let these listed buildings get in such a state? These building are part of Shipleys heritage and should be kept as such. You don't see any of the buildings in Saltaire going to disrepair?[/p][/quote]Whilst it is a shame that these buildings are being demolished - it has nothing to do with the council unless they own it. If your Council Tax increased to take care of all these buildings there would be even more outrage. dave - keighley
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4:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mrsslot says...

dave - keighley wrote:
mrsslot wrote:
Such a shame. If the building hadn't of been is such disrepair then it would have been a such an opportunity to bring it back to its former glory. Why do the council let these listed buildings get in such a state? These building are part of Shipleys heritage and should be kept as such. You don't see any of the buildings in Saltaire going to disrepair?
Whilst it is a shame that these buildings are being demolished - it has nothing to do with the council unless they own it.

If your Council Tax increased to take care of all these buildings there would be even more outrage.
I understand what you are saying but lets not take the comments away from the fact that yet another old building has unfortunately gone into disrepair making the area in which we live look run down. Whether it be the council or not there should be something in place so that abandoned buildings don't end up like this one where it was trashed, ended up on fire and then being pulled down. I live near by so see this all the time.
[quote][p][bold]dave - keighley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrsslot[/bold] wrote: Such a shame. If the building hadn't of been is such disrepair then it would have been a such an opportunity to bring it back to its former glory. Why do the council let these listed buildings get in such a state? These building are part of Shipleys heritage and should be kept as such. You don't see any of the buildings in Saltaire going to disrepair?[/p][/quote]Whilst it is a shame that these buildings are being demolished - it has nothing to do with the council unless they own it. If your Council Tax increased to take care of all these buildings there would be even more outrage.[/p][/quote]I understand what you are saying but lets not take the comments away from the fact that yet another old building has unfortunately gone into disrepair making the area in which we live look run down. Whether it be the council or not there should be something in place so that abandoned buildings don't end up like this one where it was trashed, ended up on fire and then being pulled down. I live near by so see this all the time. mrsslot
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10:04am Sat 19 Jan 13

MacG says...

After walking through Shipley yesterday I cannot understand why the road was blocked off by the old Carnegie Library depriving businesses in Low Well ie Aldis, Maccy D's Killips, the tyre place and Ground Force business. Also I believe the train station was closed. A total over reaction. Measures could have been employed ie a sign saying access to businesses only.
After walking through Shipley yesterday I cannot understand why the road was blocked off by the old Carnegie Library depriving businesses in Low Well ie Aldis, Maccy D's Killips, the tyre place and Ground Force business. Also I believe the train station was closed. A total over reaction. Measures could have been employed ie a sign saying access to businesses only. MacG
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12:14pm Sat 19 Jan 13

rjrandall1 says...

It is a shame that a building like this with so much history has been destroyed.

As a way of remembering the Glen Royal, I have set up a blog for anybody who would like to share their experiences, memories and stories if the building.

You can access it at: http://glenroyalcine

mamemories.wordpress

.com
It is a shame that a building like this with so much history has been destroyed. As a way of remembering the Glen Royal, I have set up a blog for anybody who would like to share their experiences, memories and stories if the building. You can access it at: http://glenroyalcine mamemories.wordpress .com rjrandall1
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8:11pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Albion. says...

MacG wrote:
After walking through Shipley yesterday I cannot understand why the road was blocked off by the old Carnegie Library depriving businesses in Low Well ie Aldis, Maccy D's Killips, the tyre place and Ground Force business. Also I believe the train station was closed. A total over reaction. Measures could have been employed ie a sign saying access to businesses only.
The station wasn't closed, but you couldn't drive to it from Leeds Road.
[quote][p][bold]MacG[/bold] wrote: After walking through Shipley yesterday I cannot understand why the road was blocked off by the old Carnegie Library depriving businesses in Low Well ie Aldis, Maccy D's Killips, the tyre place and Ground Force business. Also I believe the train station was closed. A total over reaction. Measures could have been employed ie a sign saying access to businesses only.[/p][/quote]The station wasn't closed, but you couldn't drive to it from Leeds Road. Albion.
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1:55pm Mon 21 Jan 13

AHS says...

As a comment I've heard and read on the T&A site. And also being in the construction industry.
Buildings that have been closed for 10-15 years, and have no live services, ie electrical or gas don't just burst in to flames, and burn so fierce.
There was also rumours in the area that a grow shed was in there to.
As a comment I've heard and read on the T&A site. And also being in the construction industry. Buildings that have been closed for 10-15 years, and have no live services, ie electrical or gas don't just burst in to flames, and burn so fierce. There was also rumours in the area that a grow shed was in there to. AHS
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