Thornton Road, Bradford, BD13 3LD


01274 834747


South Square is a collection of 19th Century workers cottages, in the old Yorkshire village of Thornton, famous for its Brontë connections and its impressive 20-arch viaduct.

Renovated as a community arts centre in 1982, South Square Centre is now home to ten studio spaces for a variety of artists, as well as a gallery, community spaces, archive, fine art framers, bar and a cafe.

The centre hosts community events and activities for all ages, including an ongoing workshop programme and provides community spaces available to hire.

South Square is OPEN!

Plenty at the Square is now OPEN Wed to Sun 9.30am-3.30pm

The Watchmaker is OPEN Wed - Thurs 3-9pm Fri 3-10pm Sat 2 -10pm Sun1-8pm


Capital Works are completed!

Our capital renovation is now complete and South Square has reopened its doors. The eight-month renovation has transformed the centre and included a new roof, repairs to 99 sash windows, insulation, new electric works and updated fire safety measures. 

To read about the capital works, go to our Heritage Projects page. 

Alfresco drinking & dining available at South Square

Our cafe Plenty at the Square and The Watchmaker bar are now open for drinking and dining in the courtyard and garden. 

Plenty offer a range of hot meals, coffee and cakes plus their signature pickles and preserves are available to take away. 

The Watchmaker are serving a changing selection of the finest ales & craft beers along with spirits and natural wines. 

Opening times above

In March 2020, South Square Centre received the news that we were successful with our application to National Lottery Heritage Fund to undertake a capital refurbishment of Grade II workers cottages as well as a three year programme of heritage activities. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players there will be an exciting activity programme of events, traineeships, workshops and exhibitions. Find out more more information on our Heritage Programme. 

Donate to South Square Centre

South Square Centre is a registered charity. Donations support the centre to deliver its activity programme and provide a safe and inclusive space for workshops, classes and activities. Where possible our activities will be free of charge. Your donation helps us to ensure it stays this way.

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