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Bradford - fine city in temporary decline May 17, 2011
As must be apparent from its rating, I am very fond of Bradford. I had my first job, other than National Service, teaching English and General Studies at what was in 1062 Bradford Technical College. Its main cmapus was still being built and it was spread across 16 buildings, including old schools and chapels.

Many think of it as a lesser adjunct to Leeds but at that time it was common to meet people who had never even been to Leeds and many who had only visited once or twice. Bradford was a proud city. Since then the textile industry on which it was built has continued its decline into oblivion and prospective new shopping and commercial centres have been delayed every time the UK economy wobbles. Numerous visitors ask where its centre is and in the normal sense of the word it hardly has one.

Even so it has much to commend it. It has a cathedral an regular musical events - both classical and more popular. It has numerous museums, those of Colour and of Peace being pretty unusual. The media museum is a national one with vast holdings of photographs ove the years which are available to the public by arrangement when they are not on display. The Industrial museum was one of England's first.

I am talking here about the historic city of Bradford. it is the centre of the Bradford Metropolitan District which includes 'villages' like Ilkley and Haworth, with their own claims to fame and which I will review separately.
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