In the 45 minutes available before the close, the Windies lost left-hander Kieran Powell for five, caught at first slip by Alastair Cook off seamer Jimmy Anderson, to end the day on 19 for one. Anderson, Broad, Roland-Jones, and Stokes took 15 of the 20 wickets to fall, out of which 2 were run-outs.
Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo willingly donated his, wafting lazily to Jonny Bairstow, before the elder Hope brother, Kyle, nicked an inswinger that was well held by the diving Joe Root.
"Now we have had a look and seen what England are trying to do to us, we will have better knowledge going into it. Playing here you know the ball will do a lot and we said we would do it for the team".
"The criticism will come whether we win lose or draw - we're pretty accustomed to that so we just have to get on with it".
From 109 for three at lunch, Brathwaite and Hope added 97 more in the middle session as the sun shone, the ball softened and spirits flagged in the field.
The current squad presently on tour of England is quite inexperienced at the worldwide level - with the most senior player being Kemar Roach at age 29 with 38 matches and 124 wickets.
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While that may be the case, this was primarily a day to acknowledge the skill and determination of Brathwaite and the youngest Hope brother.
But since making the first of his 13 Test centuries at Headingley, against New Zealand in 2013, his six subsequent Test innings in Leeds have yielded a mere 73 runs at an average of just over 12. On the form he was in - and bearing in mind Woakes has only played one other first-class game in 2017, due to injury and his involvement at the IPL - Roland-Jones may have felt he had valid reason to quibble.
Although England fought back to remove Brathwaite, for 134, and Roston Chase with the second new ball, Hope remained at the crease until the close, in the company of the risky Jermaine Blackwood.
Ben Stokes egded on 9 by Gabriel but was dropped by Roston Chase in the slip.
If their catching had also improved it could have been a completely different story, but as it turned out the two catches they dropped cost them 142 runs as Stokes went on to make a century and Joe Root 59.
The left-handed Stokes, meanwhile, played with typical flair, hitting 17 boundaries off 124 deliveries.
Hope was then spared on 72 shortly before tea, Mark Stoneman the guilty party at short leg after Moeen managed to find a rare edge.