Arcade owners consider future of hidden Victorian street
The owners of the Royal Arcade in Keighley are wondering what to do with an entire Victorian street that's been discovered buried below their shopping centre.
The street dates back to the 1890s but they don't know if the units were just used for storage for the shops above or retail outlets in their own right. They're now considering whether to turn it in to a wine bar, develop it in to arts and crafts shops or preserve it exactly as it is.
The man hoping to development an underground Victorian shopping arcade in Keighley says there are many planning restrictions - and anything built will fit in with its Victorian pa
"We’d be very restricted for what we could do.
"It’s mainly on safety and fire assessment grounds. If we can get these things sorted then we definitely will develop it.
"It’s something we would really like to do. We’ve looked at opening it up with craft shops. It will be a working environment - shops that would fit in with what it used to be. We’ll utilise what’s in there."
– Nick Holroyd, manager of the Royal Arcade in Keighley
Other ideas being considered include creating a visitor attraction or converting the old shops for use by craftsmen and specialist traders.
Architect brought in to restore "forgotten shopping street"
When builders discovered an underground shopping arcade in Keighley, much of the Victorian building work on the cellars of seven shops was still intact, while wooden shop-fronts and stable pens were in place.
Constructors also found doors, signs and fittings from some of the original shops in the street, which was then owned by Frank Booth and Mark Holroyd.
Now Nick Holroyd, manager of the Royal Arcade, which is above the discovery, is investigating whether the street - once at ground level - can be restored.
He has enlisted an architect and structural engineer - and plans are being made to develop the street, which has space for up to eight units.
There is concern for a 28-year-old woman who has gone missing in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Lorenza Ullah was reported missing yesterday morning after last being seen at 7:50am leaving home on The Avenue in Clayton, Bradford. It was thought that Lorenza was catching the bus to Bradford or possibly Leeds.
She was last seen wearing a black coat with 3/4 length sleeves, black shoes,
It is also now known that Lorenza regularly visits Leeds, Huddersfield and Halifax and anyone who sees her, or knows of Lorenza's whereabouts is asked to contact Keighley police via 101.
A man has been given a 12 month community order after being sentenced for affray. Edward Claughan, appeared in court after waving a samurai sword at neighbours from his back garden in the Braithwaite area of Keighley in October last year.
The judge acknowledged that Mr Claughan never left his back garden but said nevertheless anyone passing by would have felt a risk of escalating violence. Claughan who appeared at Bradford Crown Court today, was also required to attend a 6 month alcohol treatment course.