A Timeline of Bradford

By Tim Lambert

1086

Bradford is a large village with a population of about 300. It later grows into a small market town. Wool and leather are made in the town.

1461

Bradford is granted the right to hold 2 annual fairs, a sign of its growing importance.

1557-58

Bradford is struck by plague. Nevertheless the town grows larger and more important. Wool is the main industry.

1642

During the Civil War Royalists try to take Bradford but they are beaten off

1643

The Royalists capture Bradford and sack it

1644

Parliamentary troops recapture Bradford

1645

Plague strikes Bradford

1720

Bradford has a population of about 4,000

1771

The first bank opens in Bradford

1801

The population of Bradford is over 6,000

1803

A body of men is formed in Bradford with powers to pave, clean and light the streets

1823

The streets of Bradford are lit by gas

1846

The railway reaches Bradford

1847

A corporation is formed in Bradford

1848-49

420 people die in a cholera epidemic in Bradford

1851

Bradford has a population of 103,000

1853-71

Sir Titus Salt builds a model village at Saltaire

1863

Peel Park opens

1872

The first public library opens in Bradford

1882

Horse drawn trams run in Bradford

1889

Electricity is first generated in Bradford

1897

Bradford is made a city

1904

Cartwright Memorial Hall is built

1907

The first council houses are built in Bradford