Bradford is the major settlement in the City of Bradford Metropolitan District, in the county of West Yorkshire in the north of England.
It officially became a city in 1897.
Bradford was long a centre of the West Riding wool industry.
The name is derived from the "Broad Ford" at Church Bank by the site of Bradford Cathedral, around which the city was founded sometime around the time of the Norman Conquest.
The stream, called Bradford Beck, now passes through underground tunnels to the River Aire near Shipley.
Bradford was one of the many English cities which really came into its own in the Industrial Revolution.
Bradford's textile industry dates back as far as the thirteenth century, but it was not until the nineteenth century that it became world famous.
Yorkshire boasted plentiful supplies of iron ore, coal and soft water which were used in cleaning raw wool, and a coal seam which stretched as far as Nottingham provided the power that the industry needed. Sandstone, Bradford's local stone, provided an excellent resource for the building of the mills, and the large population of West Yorkshire meant there was a readily available workforce.
On May 11, 1985, 56 people were killed at a fire at Valley Parade.
Centenary Square now contains a monument to the disaster.
The local authority has been nationally criticised for being in collusion with the conflicts and tensions, indeed some commentators have noted that their actions, deals and ignorance have contributed to the drugs trade, disaffection, decay and immobile place that Bradford now occupies.
In 2004, the Bradford Urban Regeneration Company commissioned flamboyant architect Will Alsop to create a vision for the City's future and indeed the role of a "City Centre" in the 21st century.
Alsop's celebrated plans envisioned four regenerated quarters within the heart of the city The Bowl, The Channel, The Market & The Valley each creating new public spaces for commerce, education, leisure and showcasing Bradford's setting within the Pennine mountains.
For a more information about Bradford see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Sarolta and I visited this place during our trip around the British Isles in 1978.
I visited Bradford with my wife in 2006 again.
Well, I suppose Bradford is Bradford, but nothing exciting happenned, taken a few shots for showing off, but as I said, nothing outstanding. Oh, there was an all mighty big hole near the centre of the city and I mean bigggggggggg.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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