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This page is about Bradford, the city in West Yorkshire, England. For other places named Bradford, see Bradford (disambiguation).

Bradford is a city in the north of England in the county of West Yorkshire. From an entry in the Domesday Book "IIlbert hath it - it is a waste" Bradford has grown to a population of 486,400. Bradford-Leeds is now England's 4th largest metropolitan area. It has a large number of recent immigrants, and approximately 19% of the population are from ethnic minority groups.

Bill Bryson commented in his book Notes from a Small Island that Bradford's role was to make everywhere else look good by comparison (though as Mr Bryson is familiar with Keighley, one has to wonder about his judgement).

Bradford was a centre of the West Riding wool industry.

It is home to the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

Bradford was the birthplace of the writers J. B. Priestley and John Braine and the composer Frederick Delius. Priestley is commemorated by a statue in the city. Wm Morrison Supermarkets also originated in Bradford.

The University of Bradford has more than 7,000 students. It received its Royal Charter in 1966, but traces its history back to the 1860's.

Bradford is the home of the very successful Rugby League side Bradford Bulls and the less successful football club Bradford City.

Bradford is the birthplace of the rock band Terrorvision and of Richard Whiteley, the host of Countdown.


Bradford is located at 53°45'00" North, 01°50'00" West (53.7500, -1.8333)1.

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