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Bradford, not the dive you imagine
Member Name: Shellywelly
Date: 24/09/08, updated on 18/10/08 (80 review reads)
Advantages: The things to do
Disadvantages: Sometimes some trouble from youths
I spent 10 years of my life in bradford and moved away 5 years ago and on a recent visit I can't believe how improved it is, there is plenty to do loads of things in you have kids, great shopping, brilliant bars and places to eat!! Bradford is turning into a great city - much to my suprise!
About Bradford: Bradford is a city in West Yorkshire, its about 8 miles from Leeds and 14 miles from wakefield.
** Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the earliest industrialised settlements, rapidly becoming the "wool capital of the world".The area's supply of coal, iron ore and soft water facilitated the growth of Bradford's manufacturing base, which, as textile manufacture grew, led to an explosion in population size and a stimulation in civic investment; Bradford has fine Victorian architecture including the grand Italianate City Hall.
Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following a boundary reform in 1974, the city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.
The textile sector in Bradford fell into a terminal decline from the mid-20th century. Since this time, Bradford has faced similar challenges to the post-industrial north, including deindustrialisation, economic deprivation and housing problems. Since the 1950s Bradford has experienced significant levels of immigration, particularly from Pakistan, and consequently has the fourth highest proportion of Muslims in England and Wales. Since the decline in heavy industry, Bradford has emerged as a tourist destination with attractions such as the National Media Museum, Cartwright Hall, and Saltaire, which is a World Heritage Site.** taken from Wikapedia - not counted in final word count.
Due to these old industries bradford has some lovely buildings that have been converted into flats and the prices are bargains!! you can tell I now live further south!! Bradfords night life is fantstic loads of bars to choose from.
Lots for kids to do, the photography museam is great and free, there is also the industrial museam and the colour museam. Lister park is fab and when the boating pavillion is open it can make a good half day out if you take a picnic as well. There are a few soft play areas and cinema, bowling and skating all in the city centre and of easy reach! I highly suggest some southern city and towns take note of what bradford has done.
Summary: Not a bad place and a good base for other areas