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Bradford is another of Britain's factory towns that grew prosperous during the Industrial Revolution. Bradford's industries were wool mills and textiles and its success gave rise to slums as well as Victorian architecture. Of note were the Gothic Bradford Town Hall with a decidedly Italian influenced clock tower, the Wool Exchange and St. Georges Hall. All of the buildings were designed by Lockwood and Mawson, Bradford architects and they were labors of love, but according to a recent visitor's report, they haven't survived in tact.
Bradford Art Gallery and Museum houses paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds. There is also a local history and an Industrial Museum that is an actual spinning mill circa 1875. Bradford-made Jowett cars are on display in the Industrial Museum as well.
Less than twenty miles from centre city is the Haworth Parsonage a museum dedicated to the Brontë sisters. Also not far from Bradford (three miles north) is Saltaire, a model factory town built around the mill that manufactured alpaca cloth. Founded by Sir Titus Salt, the town provided houses for his workers (800) schools and churches. In Keighley, just 20 minutes north-west of Bradford's centre, there is Cliffe Castle, a Victorian mansion that houses a social and archaeological history of the region.
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City of Bradford General Guide information
Brontë Parsonage Museum Official Web site home page