Bradford, a market town and parliamentary borough of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, on an affluent of the Aire, 8 m. W. of Leeds and 29 m. S. W. of York; pop. in 1871, 145,827. In its vicinity are the celebrated iron works of Low Moor and Bowling. Bradford is the principal seat of the English worsted manufacture, both in yarn and in piece. There are also numerous cotton mills, founderies, and manufactories of combs and machinery. A custom house and inland bonding warehouse have been established here. A handsome and commodious town hall was commenced in 1870, to cost £74,000, including £30,000 for land. The town is situated at the union of three extensive valleys, surrounded by picturesque scenery, and has the advantage of many ancient and excellent schools. The Airedale college, for the education of Independent ministers, is at Underclitfe, near Bradford, and a "Wesleyan seminary for ministers' sons at Wood-house Grove.
Bradford Town Hall.