Visit Bradford and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bradford, West Yorkshire. The great wool town has other admirable claims to fame. It was first with a school board, school medical and dental services, school baths, school meals, a nursery school, municipal hospital, electricity department and railway — and it must be one of the first to make money extracting wool grease from its sewage and selling it in the form of lanolin and other useful products around the world.
The patron saint of woolcombers, St Blaise, still overlooks Market Street from the tower of the Wool Exchange where traders from the world market still gather. The cathedral is one link to the remoter past. It is late-15th- to early-l6th-century. Perpendicular with modern additions and was a parish church until 1919. The chancel contains excellent Victorian stained glass. The cathedral stands on a hillside and Church Bank runs down it into the square named after the Bradford M.P., W. E. Forster, who sponsored the compulsory education act of 1870. Another local hero is Richard Oastler, who fought the use of child labour in the mills. His statue stands in Northgate.
Two Bradford parks of special interest are Lister and Bowling, respectively North West and South East of the centre. Lister Park is named after the 1st Lord Masham who invented a woolcombing machine-and founded a silk mill. It has a scented garden for the blind, a boating lake and a pleasant l½-mile walk. In Cartwright Memorial Hall, built in 1904 on the site of Lord Masham's old home and named after the inventor of the power loom, is the City Art Gallery and Museum. At the park entrance is an elaborate memorial to Sir Titus Salt, who moved his alpaca and mohair mills in the 1850s to a healthier situation and built Saltaire near Shipley, a model village in its day.
Bowling Park spreads out opposite Bolling Hall. The house includes a peel tower built in about 1400, a l7th-century addition and finally a wing by John Can in 1779. The Hall was the home of Bollings, Tempests and Saviles.
A short excursion East and South from Bradford will take in Futneck, where a Moravian settlement was established in the 18th century; Tong, for a look at an almost untouched 18th-century village group of hall, church and cottages; and finally Wyke, a smaller Moravian settlement.
Nearby cities: Leeds, Wakefield
Nearby towns: Batley, Bingley, Guiseley, Halifax, Harrogate, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield, Ilkley, Keighley, Otley, Pudsey
Nearby villages: Apperley Bridge, Baildon, Bierley, Birkenshaw, Birstall, Birstall, Bradford, Bramley, Buttershaw, Calverley, Clayton, Cleckheaton, Drighlington, Dudley Hill, Esholt, Farsley, Gildersome, Gomersal, Great Horton, Heaton, Hipperholme, Horsforth, Idle, Lightcliffe, Low Moor, Pudsey, Queensbury, Rawdon, Rodley, Saltaire, Scholes, Stanningley, Thornbury, Thornton, Tong, Wibsey, Wilsden, Yeadon
Have you decided to visit Bradford or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bradford bed and breakfast (a Bradford B&B or Bradford b and b)
- a Bradford guesthouse
- a Bradford hotel (or motel)
- a Bradford self-catering establishment, or
- other Bradford accommodation