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Bradford City : Club Background
Bradford is a city of close to half a million people. Valley Parade still holds over 25,000 and in the old days could take close to 40,000. This club has won the F.A. Cup, paid 2.5 million for a player, and was in the Premier League as recently as 2001. But as we know from our adventures in the Football League so far, clubs can go down as well as up, and Bradford's recent fortunes have been far less fruitful, even if one very recent season, in 2012-13, has pointed to an upturn in fortunes.

Valley Parade
Officially the Intersonic Stadium but everyone still calls it Valley Parade
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

Two things to consider when looking at the history of the club is that Bradford has always been as much if not more a rugby than a football city. And that for some periods of time Bradford Park Avenue were the 'bigger' club.

Bradford City's origins lie in Manningham Rugby Club, who were also part of the breakaway that created Rugby League, first Champions in 1896. It's from them they inherited their unique (in the Football League) colours of claret and amber, though the egg chasers played in hoops not stripes. In 1903 moves were afoot to form a professional football club, and Manningham Rugby Club, in financial problems, indicated they could share their facilities at Valley Parade, playing at home on alternate weeks. A delegation went to London to apply for the election to the Football League of a club still in the process of forming who had never played a game. Sporting politics was in their favour as the Football League wanted a foothold in rugby dominated West Yorkshire. So Bradford City were elected, at the expense of Doncaster Rovers who must have been slightly miffed as they had only secured League status two seasons before. Back in Bradford a meeting was called and furious debate raged for several hours. At the end of it Manningham Rugby Club voted 75 votes to 34 to abandon the oval ball and merge into this new entity, Bradford City FC.

'The Paraders', as they were then nicknamed, started fairly slowly with a series of mid-table finishes in Division Two but in 1907-08 took the title and then remained in the top flight until relegation in 1922. Their best finish was fifth in 1910-11, the season they also won the F.A. Cup, beating Newcastle United 1-0 in a replay at the brand new Old Trafford.

The 1922 relegation from Division One was followed by another relegation down to Division Three North in 1927. They bounced back as Champions two seasons later and apart from a couple a dodgy seasons were solid performers at that level until relegated again in 1937. They were still in Division Three North when the Second World War broke out and the League suspended.

Carlsberg Stand
The home end holding 7,492
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

After hostilities ceased and competitive football resumed Bradford City entered a long period of dark days. They had to rely on re-election in 1949 when they finished bottom of Division Three North. They timed their best spell of the Fifties just right, ensuring they ended up in Division Three rather than Division Four when the Football League was reorganised for the 1958-59 season. However they only lasted until 1960-61, when they were relegated into the basement.

In the Sixties Bradford City narrowly missed out on promotion on three occasions, but also needed re-election to retain their League status twice. However the decade ended optimistically for them with promotion in 1969. The next season rivalry with the other half of Bradford was ended, never yet to be resumed, as Park Avenue was replaced in the Football League by Cambridge United.

City were back in Division Four following relegation in 1972. 1973-74 was an odd season as former rivals Avenue were tenants at Valley Parade, having had to sell their ground to keep afloat financially. Supporters of both sides fought proposals to merge the two clubs and form a new one entitled 'Bradford Metro'. The idea never had a chance, and many Park Avenue fans preferred the fate of their club going into liquidation in the summer of 1974 rather than any continuing relationship with the hated City.

City again got promotion in 1976-77 but it was another false dawn, back down the following season. As Bradford bumped along going nowhere the visit of Hereford United to Valley Parade for the final game of 1980-81 reached new depths, attracting City's lowest ever attendance of 1,249. Roy McFarland was one of those 1,249, watching the team he was to take over the next season. And he brought immediate success, promotion as runners-up. McFarland left in the middle of the first season back in Division Three and Trevor Cherry took over. Crisis was back on the agenda as Bradford faced bankruptcy in the 1983 close season, avoiding liquidation by four hours. Amazingly, as the club limped on living from hand to mouth and with only three floodlights as there was no money to replace the one that had blown down, Cherry took them to the Division Three Championship in 1984-85, their first title since 1928-29. The last game of the season was at home to Lincoln City on 11th May, and Valley Parade was packed as the fans flocked in to celebrate a Championship already won and a return to Division Two after 48 years.

With the news cameras there to record what should have been a day of undiluted happiness a first whisp of smoke appeared at the Kop end of the wooden Main Stand towards the end of the first half. With a rapidity beyond belief within four minutes a fireball had engulfed the entire length of the stand. In those few minutes fifty-six supporters died and many hundreds more were injured. The disaster touched the whole world of football and beyond, and the relief fund raised topped 4,000,000. The huge dignity and courage shown by hundreds of individuals and families across the City of Bradford as they faced their grief remains an inspiration.

Sunwin (Main) Stand which holds 9,004
The Sunwin Stand, which stands on the site of the old Main Stand, destroyed with the loss of 56 lives
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

The following season was naturally a particularly traumatic one. City were without a home and after early 'home' games played at Leeds Road and Elland Road moved in with Bradford Northern at Odsal. The authorities were keen on developing Odsal into a Super-Stadium for the rugby league and football teams to share jointly. But for the Bantams the emotional need was to return to a rebuilt Valley Parade, and this they eventually did in December 1986. A huge burst of energy, perhaps in response to the disaster, saw Bradford only miss promotion to Division One in 1987-88 by a single point. Even when they fell away and were relegated to Division Three in 1989-90 there was conviction amongst supporters they would be back. It would take them longer than they hoped, and the arrival in 1994 of one of the most controversial figures in the club's history - Geoffrey Richmond.

As the 1995-96 campaign drew to a close Richmond sacked his second manager in two years and brought in Chris Kamara. Kamara produced a late charge from mid-table to snatch the final play-off place on the last day of the season. The Bantams then overturned a 0-2 deficit in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals with a 3-0 victory away at Blackpool. From there defeating Notts County at Wembley in the Final 2-0 was a piece of cake.

The following season Bradford held on to their status by the skin of their teeth. Although the next, 1997-98, was better with a mid-table finish patience was not Richmond's middle name and Kamara paid a swift price. Richmond had been blustering about 'a big name', so when the then rather unknown Paul Jewell arrived few were impressed. Nine months later he was hero of the city, as a win on the last day over Wolves saw the Bantams runners-up and automatically promoted to the Premier League. Back in the big time after 77 years.

Hardly anyone gave them a chance of survival, but the scrap went to the last game of the season where victory over Liverpool kept them up. Jewell barely had time to enjoy the celebrations before he'd walked away. The popular view was he could take no more of his chairman. Coach Chris Hutchings was promoted to manager but sacked by November. Successor Jim Jefferies could do no better, and Bradford finished bottom of the table.

Richmond was full of a quick return, but when Jefferies resigned at Christmas 2001 the Richmond Dream began to unravel. Players had been signed on huge lengthy contracts, with the likes of Benito Carbone on 40,000 a week. To pay for this Richmond had sold everything down to the fixtures and fittings at Valley Parade to lease-back companies. The club collapsed into administration and Geoffrey Richmond walked away. Theme park owner Gordon Gibb, along with the Rhodes family who had long term connections with the club, stepped in to keep the club alive, but the financial burden was huge and when Gibb in turn resigned at the end of 2003 the club had to seek administration again in February 2004, with the debt burden revealed as 34 million. Not suprisingly in those circumstances the club was relegated.

Over the summer of 2004 it was the fans raising 250,000 that kept the club in business in the short term. Although no more than a sticking plaster it bought time for former chief executive, and now new chairman, Julian Rhodes to put forward a rescue package. After protracted negotiations, and another huge cash injection from the Rhodes family, Bradford exited this administration in December 2004.

East Stand, 4,500 capacity
Doesn't seem to be sponsored this season, so nice and simple: the East Stand
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

We briefly met Bradford during 2005-06 and 2006-07 when we were both in League One, but the Bantams sank into fourth tier football in 2007 - the first time they'd been at that level since the early 1980s. They had been expected to bounce back fairly quickly, but it was to take them six seasons to do so. A couple of 18th placed finishes almost implied that they were going to head in the other direction. However, their 2012-13 season was one of those landmark moments, with the club going to Wembley not once, but twice! Beating Watford, Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa, they reached the Football League Cup final, and then followed that up a few months later by reaching the League Two Play-Off Final, which gave them promotion thanks to a win over Northampton Town. During their first season back in League One, a comfortable 11th place finish suggests that a more stable Bradford club are on the way back somewhat, and their healthy crowds should enable them to challenge further up the pyramid in the fullness of time.

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Bradford City : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Bradford City

17/09/2005AwayCCL1D1-17826Skiverton 6
27/01/2007AwayCCL1W2-07474Davies 5, 67
06/09/2014AwayFL1W3-112601Martin 8, 23, Leitch-Smith 72
17/01/2015HomeFL1W1-04009Ugwu 26
06/01/2018HomeFAC3W2-03040Barnes 61, Green 76

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Bradford City


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Bradford City : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Bradford City

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total

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Bradford City : Club Statistics


29/09/2018Bristol RoversHomeEFL1D0-015916
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Highest League Attendance: 15916, vs Bristol Rovers, 29/09/2018
Lowest League Attendance: 15916, vs Bristol Rovers, 29/09/2018
Average League Attendance: 15916


Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: D
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence: D

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Bradford City : Club Information
Intersonic Stadium
Valley Parade
West Yorkshire

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Telephone Number : 0870 8220000
Fax : 01274 773356
Ticket Office : 0870 8221911 (Ext 235)

Chairman : Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn (joint)
Media Officer : Mark Harrison
Manager : Phil Parkinson
Capacity : 25,136
Seated : all seated
Covered Terrace : N/A

Colours : shirt claret and amber stripes with white trim, shorts claret with white trim, socks claret
Record Attendance : 39,146 v Burnley, F.A. Cup R4, 11/03/1911
Nickname : The Bantams

Ticket Prices :

Away fans are housed at the west end of the ground in the TL Dallas Stand. This is an two tier stand with pillars. The view is better in the upper tier but they don't always open it. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: 20.00; Over-60s and Students: 14.00; Juniors: 12.00

The Ticket Office have been given an initial allocation of 300 tickets, although given their away end holds up to 1,840 seats, there shouldn't be any issues with on-the-day availability.

Disabled Info: There are 8 marked parking bays in Midland Road available on a first come first served basis. Scattered around the stadium are 98 places for wheelchair users. Six are allocated for away fans. Prices are whatever the relevant cost for equivalent able-bodied supporters is in that area (see above), plus the concession of a helper going free. Most are pitchside, uncovered and in areas used as a thoroughfare. Poor elevation provides a compromised view. The five adapted toilets are in the Sunwin and East Stand. There is a low counter refreshment outlet in the main concourse. Your contact number is 0870 822 1911.

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Bradford City : Directions To The Ground

Bradford and its suburbs are just a few miles west of its larger cousin Leeds, and its suburbs. In fact the edges virtually merge into each other.

By Road

From the South you need to get on the M62. If coming up the West side of the country Junction 21A is the connection from the M6. You are looking to be eastbound on the M62. If coming up the East side of the country Junction 42 is the connection from the M1. You are looking to be westbound on the M62. Once on the M62 the exit needed is Junction 26. There take Bradford's own motorway spur, the M606.

As you approach the end of the M606 keep in the middle or right-hand-lane, signed Ring Road East (A6177). The stadium is well signed all the way in from the end of the motorway, but if you want more details :
Taken from Bradford City Official Site -
Go under tunnel (follow signs for Leeds/Bradford Airport). McDonalds is now on your left. Over traffic lights at Asda Superstore and turn left at roundabout into Wakefield Road. Stay in middle lane. Over two roundabouts staying in middle lane (signs to Shipley & Skipton) on to Shipley Airedale Road (A6037), which then becomes Canal Road. Just after Tesco (on left) turn left into Station Road (A6177), and left again into Queens Road. Up hill to third set of traffic lights and turn left into Manningham Lane. After the Gulf Petrol Station (on left), take first left into Valley Parade for stadium.

TL Dallas Stand
Stand for the away support - TL Dallas holding 1,840
Photo 2005 Ciderspace


As a city 'centre' stadium parking is an issue. There is very limited car parking available in the immediate area of the ground. The roads in the area are either no parking or resident permit holders only in the main.

There are several private 'pay on entry / exit' car parks within walking distance, and unless you are lucky in finding some on-street parking you are likely to have to resort to these.

By Rail

The city has two railway stations. The main station is Bradford Interchange, but this is less convenient for the stadium - around a twenty-five minute walk. Closer is Bradford Forster Square, ten minutes walk away Valley Parade. Two trains an hour (from Northern Rail) run direct from Leeds to Forster Square, at ten and forty minutes past the hour. Journey time is twenty minutes.

It is just possible to make it by train from Yeovil on the day : The 06:20 and 06:53 from Yeovil Junction get you in at 12:00 and 13:53 respectively, or you can take a Penn Mill 07:30 train that gets in at 13:53. The Junction trains go via London Waterloo and Kings Cross, whilst the Pen Mill one goes via Bristol Temple Meads and Leeds. Whether you go to Bradford Interchange or Forster Square is up to you - the Interchange station is slightly quicker to travel to, but will give you a longer walk.

There is only one service to get you home and it's a tight run - a 17:31 train from Bradford Forster Square that gets you into Junction at 00:04, via Leeds and Exeter St Davids. Miss that one, and you're sleeping on a park bench for the night.

From London and the South-East Kings Cross will be your station of choice. The fastest trains via Leeds are at 03 past the hour, with a slower service in between. The last return leaves Forster Square at 19:31 (change at Leeds) arriving Kings Cross at 22:25.

By Bus

Buses in the city come from First Bradford and Keighley & District Travel Company. If using the bus services ask for those that run along Manningham Lane or Queens Road, which have the nearest stops to the stadium. The Nos. 622, 623, 626 and 662 amongst others run near the ground.


A selection of Bradford taxi companies can be found here.

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Bradford City : Web Resources
Web Sites

Boy From Brazil
Impressive news-based independent site with quality articles throughout, serious and humourous alike. If you want to be picky they're perhaps a little smug but to be honest they've plenty to be smug about. No forum.

Bradford City Mad
BCFC's footy.mad site. Maintained by anonymous cut'n'pasters - you'll find no Bantams fans here. Why do these sites exist?

Bradford City Official
PTV site, registration required to view.

Bradford City Supporters Trust
Essential reading for BCST members, no doubt.

Claret and Banter
A series of forums and a chatroom for BCFC supporters.

The City Gent
The City Gent is the name of one of the longest continuously running paper-based (remember them?) fanzines around, going back to the 1980's. You can buy copies at 3.00 each, with various other package offers available. This is a top of the range fanzine - excellent writing, high quality production.

Web Message Boards

Bantams MAD
MAD, registration required to post.

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

Bradford Telegraph & Argus
Dedicated Bantams section of the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. Updated on a daily basis.

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Bradford City : Food & Drink
General :

Oddly, given it's a stadium in the city not stuck out on the edge, there are not many drinking places adjacent. The Cartwright Hotel and Park Hotel listed below are two of the closer, and they are ten minutes away. If you like the British national dish, curry, Bradford is the place for you. There are over 300 curry houses in the city covering every style and region of the Sub-continent and wider Asia, and every price range. Be aware that some don't sell alcohol for religious reasons. A few won't allow any consumption of alcohol on the premises at all, but others are happy enough for customers to bring in their own. You may find there's a small 'corkage' charge if you want bottles opened or glasses supplied in those circumstances.

Possibly not quite as cheap as it used to be you should still find much of Bradford real value for money compared to down South.

Club Bar :

The Bantams Bar is at the home end. As far as we know this is not available to away supporters.

Local Pubs :

Cartwright Hotel: Ten minutes walk north of the stadium along Manningham Lane. Carefully refurbished Victorian hotel. Mid-market, with a bar open to the public.
Cartwright Hotel, 308, Manningham Lane, Manningham, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7AX. Tel: 01274 499908. Map: Click Here.

Castle Hotel: Close to the city centre and about half-way between Bradford Interchange and Forster Square railway stations, it's a mile from the stadium. There are eight handpumps with five in operation on the last check they did of their range, all from relatively local breweries rather than national brands. Opening 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. except Sundays which are 1.00p.m. until 8.00p.m.
Castle Hotel, 20, Grattan Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 2LU. Tel: 01274 393166. Fax: 01274 393200. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Highly recommended
Highly recommended
© Hugh Gleave
Corn Dolly: Top notch hostelry and highly recommended. Long-serving landlord - first class fella - and friendly clientele. Single bar, but the room is vaguely divided into a lounge and a games side. A few minutes walk from the city centre and Forster Square Station. Regular beers are Black Sheep Best, Everards Tiger and Taylor Landlord, and an excellent house beer badged as 'Corn Dolly' from Moorhouses, with an additional four changing guests always available. The beer is kept superbly. There's also Fosters, Carlsberg, Becks, Guinness and Strongbow. Good value food served lunchtimes in the week - chilli, Yorkshire Pudding with various fillings etc. They did do sandwiches at the weekend but if they still do that then they don't advertise it. Has a pool table, TV and own parking. If you ask at the bar for the quick route it's less than ten minutes to the away turnstiles. Has a limited bit of parking. Opening 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Corn Dolly, 110, Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 4DE. Tel: 01274 720219. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Fighting Cock: About a mile west of the city centre and just over the mile from the stadium, in industrial back streets, this is probably the real ale pub in Bradford. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year on numerous occasions. Twelve real ales are on, with Greene King Abbot, Old Mill Bitter, Phoenix White Monk, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Taylor Landlord and Golden Best as regulars and the rest made up of guests. It's also one of the very few places in Bradford that does a farm house style cider. Stocks a wide range of bottled Belgian beers. Food is available at lunchtimes. Opening is 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Fighting Cock, 21-23, Preston Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1JE. Tel: 01274 726907. Map: Click Here.

Good, but not as good as the Corn Dolly next door
Good, but not as good as the Corn Dolly next door
© Hugh Gleave
Goldsborough: Right next to the Corn Dolly (see above) and open half an hour longer, from 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Wide ranging food menu served up until 8.00 p.m. Has Sky Sports, pool and darts. Own parking. Beers are Pride, Marston's Pedigree, Taylor Landlord and guests.
Goldsborough, 118, Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 4DQ. Tel: 01274 740138. Map: Click Here.

Haigy's: Ten minutes walk west of the stadium in back streets the other side of the A650. Rather noticable as the outside is painted in Bradford City's colours. The regular beers are the absolutely excellent Phoenix Arizona and the decidedly less than excellent Tetley Bitter - but it makes up for the latter with a changing series of guests from breweries such as Newby Wyke (Little Bytham, Lincolnshire), Oakham (Peterborough), and Ossett Brewing Company (Ossett, West Yorkshire). Has pool table and own parking. There's a late licence, with opening from 5.00 p.m. - 2.00 a.m. Monday to Thursday, and 12 noon to 4.00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday is the more usual 12 noon - 11.00 p.m.
Haigy's, 31, Lumb Lane, Manningham, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7QU. Tel: 01274 731664. Map: Click Here.

Melborn Hotel: A further five minutes or so walk away from the ground past Haigy's (above). The establishment has built its trade around live music and good beer: Moorhouse's Premier, Tetley and guests. Opening 4.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. weekdays, 12 noon - 11.00 p.m. Saturday. Own parking.
Melborn Hotel, 104, White Abbey Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 8DP. Tel: 01274 726867. Map: Click Here.

New Beehive Inn: Not far from, but a little closer to the stadium than, the Castle Hotel (see above). Four room hostelry - including a games room - it has been carefully restored to its former state with wood panelling and gas lights. Beers are Kelham Island Best Bitter, Taylor Landlord, Archers Special IPA and guests, often including one from Bradford's only brewery Salamander. There's also a proper cider on draught. An additional cellar bar opens at weekends with live music. As an inn there's accommodation, and it has its own parking. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m., with a late licence until 2.00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 6.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight on Sunday.
New Beehive Inn, 171, West Gate, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3AA. Tel: 01274 721784. Map: Click Here.

Park Hotel: Around a ten minute walk north of the stadium.
Park Hotel, 6, Oak Avenue, Manningham, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7AQ. Tel: 01274 546262. Map: Click Here.

Prospect Of Bradford: Largish outlet with spacious bar and games room a few hundred yard from the stadium - except there's a railwayline in between. Just over the mile round by road. Big on pub pianists and karaoke at the weekends. Beers are Taylor Golden Best and Tetley Bitter. Own parking. Opening is a rather unusual 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 2.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.
Prospect Of Bradford, 527, Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD3 0NW. Tel: 01274 727018. Map: Click Here.

Sir Titus Salt: The Wetherspoon in Bradford. Not particularly convenient for the ground - twenty-five minute walk - but better for Bradford Interchange station and especially for the Indian restaurants, for which Bradford is famed, which are thick on the ground in this area, clubbing, the theatre etc. Wheelchair friendly and a family zone. Opening is 9.00 a.m. - 12 midnight (1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) every day.
Sir Titus Salt, Windsor Baths, Morley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1AQ. Tel: 01274 732 853. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Yet another trip t' bl**dy Yorkshire. They might not understand us but we should be getting a handle on them by now.

Top-Tip :

Don't leave the Curry Capital of Britain without partaking. There are a number of websites dedicated entirely to curry in Bradford. One of the more up-to-date can be found here.

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Bradford City : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

Have we mentioned there's more curry houses per sqare yard here than anywhere else in Britain? Bradford is also the home of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.
It may not figure in your mind like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, but Saltaire, built by Sir Titus Salt just north of Bradford, has World Heritage Site status, awarded in 2001. As well as preserving the Victorian industrialisation that changed not just Britain but the whole World for ever, it houses the largest collection of work by son of Bradford, David Hockney - should you like the work of David Hockney.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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