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.

Planned reopening schedule

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

Galleries are now OPEN
Tues to Sat 10.30am-3pm


Plenty at the Square closed for refurbishment!

Plenty at the Square is due to reopen on Friday 16th April 2021 for takeaway lunches, coffees and cakes. 

We’re pleased to be reopening the cafe after some renovations and improvements. We’re looking forward to inviting you back into Plenty. Takeaway service with resume on Fridays & Saturdays 10.30 – 3.30pm. 

Please see the Facebook for updates.

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. 

Capital Works Begin on-site at South Square

Our capital project is underway and we are pleased to give you our first building works update.

Our building contractor Dobsons Construction have been onsite since the beginning of November and have made speedy progress.

Read more about the progress so far here…

Capital Update #1 November 

Capital Update #2 December

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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