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Progress, Industry, Humanity

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Bradford’s transformation from provincial town to international hub

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Bradford is one of northern England’s multicultural cities, home to people from across the world. Yet 200 years ago it was a small provincial town.

Discover how the change happened thanks to wool, sandstone and soft water. But that is only half the story.

Bradford’s development has been influenced by waves of settlers from different countries. From German merchants who helped Bradford become the ‘wool capital of the world’ to South Asian migrants who helped the city become ‘Britain’s Curry Capital’.

The story of Bradford is summed up in the city’s motto: progress, industry, humanity.

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This walk explores these three themes and discovers a multitude of connections between Bradford and places around the world. 

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Walk Info

Distance:

2 ½ miles (option for 1 mile extension)

Level:
Some steep streets on either side of the city centre to ascend and descend

tooltipSome steep streets on either side of the city centre to ascend and descend

Suitable for:
Take care when crossing busy roads around the city centre

tooltipTake care when crossing busy roads around the city centre

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Region:
Yorkshire and the Humber
Setting:
Towns & Cities
Landscape:
Historic landscapes People in the landscape Built landscapes
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Start:
Bradford City Hall, Centenary Square
Finish:
Centenary Square Memorial Garden
Getting there:

tooltipNearest railway stations Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange

tooltipBus and coach station at Bradford Interchange, Bridge Street

tooltipEasily accessible from the M606, a spur of the M62

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Bradford international

Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara
Jenny Lunn © RGS-IBG Discovering Britain

Bradford international

the golden fleece, Woolston Warehouses doorway
Rory Walsh © RGS-IBG Discovering Britain

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Walk kit

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Written guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Audio guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Extras
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Links

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Bradford College

History of the Technical College

http://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/about-us/our-history

Bradford Twin Towns Association

http://www.communigate.co.uk/brad/btta/

Eesti Kodu Club

Estonian social club in Manningham

http://www.eestikodu.co.uk/

National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail – Bradford

http://www.jtrails.org.uk/trails/bradford/places-of-interest

Shree Lakshimi Narayan mandir

http://www.bradfordmandir.org/

Recommended place to stay - YHA

Haworth

http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/haworth

Bradford – England’s Curry Capital

includes downloadable map of the World Mile

http://www.visitbradford.com/food-drink/Curry-Capital-Status.asp

City of Sanctuary – Bradford

http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/bradford/

Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara

Bradford’s six gurdwaras and a history of Sikhism

http://www.bradfordgurdwara.com/

Credits

The RGS-IBG would like to thank the following people and organisations for their assistance in producing this Discovering Britain walk

 

Rory Walsh for researching the walk and taking photographs

 

Eugene Rae for additional research

 

Jenny Lunn for providing the commentary and taking photgraphs

 

Caroline Millar for editing the audio files

 

Nick Stanworth, Alex Greengrass, Kristian Wall, William Dyson and Christine McKenna for assistance with compiling walk resources

 

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus and Ian Petticrew for kind permission to use archive images

 

AlphaStephen ArmstrongSvilen EnevJon FarmanRob Glover, Tim GreenLynne KirtonLinda Spashett and Stanley Walker for additional photographs

 

Walk the World is part of Discovering Places, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire the UK to discover their local environment. Walk the World is delivered in partnership by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) with Discovering Places and is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.

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