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Bradford lies at the heart of the City of Bradford, a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, in Northern England. It is situated in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles west of Leeds, and 16 miles northwest of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.
Administrative CountyBradford
Traditional CountyYorkshire, West Riding
OS GridSE1632
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Police AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Ambulance AuthorityYorkshire
Dialling code01274

Other names by which Bradford has been known in the past

Bradforth ~ Bradeford

Bradford in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Bradford.-- parl. and mun. bor., par., and township, N. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, 8 miles W. of Leeds. 34 SW. of York, and 191 from London by rail -- par., 32,929 ac., pop. 251,553; township, 1595 ac., pop. 68,372; bor., 10,775 ac., pop. 194,495 (the mun. bor. was considerably extended in 1882, and the parl. bor. made conterminous with it in 1885, when it got an extra member); 10 Banks, 7 newspapers. Market-days, Monday and Thursday; has 5 public parks, and numerous handsome public buildings, -- St George's Hall (1851) accommodates 5000. Among its educational institutions are the Free Grammar School, endowed by Charles II.; and the Technical College (1882). B. is the chief seat in England of the mfr. of worsted and woollen stuffs, there being about 300 mills at work; it also carries on the mfr. of mixed cotton and silk goods, velvets, alpacas, &c. The Saltaire alpaca and mohair mills, erected by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., stand on the river Aire, 3 miles to the NW. There are numerous collieries and iron-works in the district. B. returns 3 members to Parliament -- 3 divisions, viz., West, Central, and East, 1 member for each division.

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