IT is seven years next week since one of Bradford’s most well-known residents died.

Geoffrey Brindley, also known as 'Jesus Man’, as a much-loved figure in the Bradford district, where he was regularly spotted walking the streets in a brown robe and sandals, with a satchel around his neck.

Mr Brindley died, aged 88, at Bradford Royal Infirmary on August 24, 2015, which was 11 days after suffering a stroke at his home in Langley Lane in Baildon.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 'Jesus Man' spotted in a cave in Settle in 1960'Jesus Man' spotted in a cave in Settle in 1960

His death led to a public outpouring of grief, including a book of condolence being set up at Bradford Cathedral for people to leave their tributes.

The Telegraph & Argus reported in 1960 how Mr Brindley, then 33, gave up his job as a machinist to live in a cave near Settle in order to receive a message from God.

He spent 12 days in the cave before setting off back to Bradford wearing a habit.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 'Jesus Man' spotted by Telegraph & Argus reader Damien Wilkinson in 2013'Jesus Man' spotted by Telegraph & Argus reader Damien Wilkinson in 2013

Mr Brindley, also known as the Airedale Monk, was taken ill at his home in Baildon where he fell down the stairs. He died in hospital several days later.

Tributes to Mr Brindley flooded in from all over the world, including America, Russia and Malaysia.

Speaking at his inquest in October 2015, Assistant Bradford coroner Oliver Longstaff said Mr Brindley, who was born in Buxton, Derbyshire, had died as a result of an accident.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Geoffrey Brindley pictured in the 1960s Geoffrey Brindley pictured in the 1960s

He described him as a fascinating man and added: "He was a local character of some reputation with a social media following of about 20,000. He is going to be missed."

Mr Brindley's funeral took place at Bradford Cathedral in October 2015.

The procession headed to Bradford from Shipley along Manningham Lane, passing Valley Parade and onto Hamm Strasse. It then went onto Barkerend Road to Thornbury roundabout, then along Leeds Road and Church Bank.

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