Visiting Bradford - West Yorkshire
History of Bradford
The origins of the name Bradford are said to be from the Old English
"broad" and "ford" which suggests a crossing
point across the Bradford beck.
The Norman invasion in 1066 saw Bradford's land ownership change
in common with the rest of England. The Anglo Saxon chief Gamel
who owned much of the land was ousted and Ilbert de Lacy was given
charge of the Manor of Bradford as recorded in the Domesday book.
The Bradford Boar
Bradford's coat of arms you will see the head of a
boar and hunting horns. In the early 14th century a boar was said
to haunt Cliffe Wood. A reward was offered for anyone who killed
the animal. John Northrop Manningham saw the animal drinking from
a well, took aim with his bow and arrow and killed the boar. To
prove his feat he cut out the tongue of the boar and went off
to claim his reward.
Another man saw the dead boar and decided to profit from the kill.
He cut off the head and made his way to the court to claim the
prize. Arriving before Manningham he offered the boars head to
the court, however he was unable to offer an explanation as to
why the tongue was missing. John Manningham turned up and showed
the tongue claiming the reward of a piece of land which today
is called Horton. A condition was that he and his heirs were to
blow three blasts on a horn every St Martins Day.
The early 1800's saw Bradford's mill industry expand. There was
no real attempt to legislate any form of building plan and consequently
the speculative build contributed to a growth in urban squalor
as drainage, sewers, proper town planning was not properly considered.
The poor planning led one government official who visited in 1843
to describe Bradford as "the most filthy town I visited".
Bradford Corporation was created in 1847 and from 1850 onwards
there was a slow change to improve the urban poverty. This came
too late for the most prominent campaigner Titus Salt who moved
out of Bradford in 1850 to create his own industrial
On the 10th July 1879 Bradford was granted the status of City
by Queen Victoria.
Places to see
Cartwright Hall (picture left) has a good collection
mainly of 19th and 20th century British art. The gallery
is situated in Lister park which has been restored and recently
won a Green Flag award (picture left).
The National Museum of Photography Film & Television (picture
right) is at Bradford; www.nmpft.org.uk.
There are photographic exhibitions, history of television
and photography and the IMAX, the world's largest film format.
The statue (picture right) is of the famous Bradfordian
J.B. Priestley, writer and broadcaster. Some other famous
people from Bradford are: David Hockney, The
Brontes more... and Frederick Delius.
The Alhambra (picture left) is Bradford's main theatre
you can find out what events are on at the website: www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
Some of the best Curry Houses are in Bradford serving authentic
Asian cuisine, picture left is the Kashmir curry house.
Bradford Mela, the name comes from Sanskrit to meet,
is a celebration of art, craft, culture and community from
around the world. The event is a weekend celebration in
the summer more...
Bradford also hosts a Street Carnival as part of its festival
You can take 360 degree panoramic views of Bradford here...