West Bradford, Lancashire

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West Bradford
Eaves Hall - geograph.org.uk - 1246273.jpg
Eaves Hall
West Bradford is located in Lancashire
West Bradford
West Bradford
 West Bradford shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD745445
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CLITHEROE
Postcode district BB7
Dialling code 01200
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Ribble Valley
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire

Coordinates: 53°53′42″N 2°23′17″W / 53.895°N 02.388°W / 53.895; -02.388

West Bradford is a village and civil parish Lancashire, England, 27 miles (43 km) west of the larger city of Bradford, West Yorkshire and 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Clitheroe. It covers some 2000 acres of the Forest of Bowland. In Domesday, it is recorded as Bradeford and in the thirteenth century, Braford in Bouland. It was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974. "West Bradford" was introduced in the nineteenth century at the time of the introduction of postal services to help distinguish the village from its larger eastern neighbour of the same name.[1]

History[edit]

Since the fourteenth century, West Bradford has formed part of the Liberty of Slaidburn. In turn, Slaidburn was part of the ancient Lordship of Bowland which comprised a Royal Forest and a Liberty of ten manors spanning eight townships and four parishes and covered an area of almost 300 square miles (800 km2) on the historic borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire.[2] The manors within the Liberty were Slaidburn (Newton-in-Bowland, West Bradford, Grindleton), Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall Eaves, Mitton, Withgill (Crook), Leagram (Bowland-with-Leagram), Hammerton and Dunnow (Battersby).[3]

Mahatma Gandhi stayed here (Heys Farm Guest House) in 1931 when he came to visit the cotton mills of Lancashire.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 58. ISBN 0198691033.
  2. ^ "Lord of the Fells, Guardian of History". Rural Life. November 2014. 
  3. ^ Forest of Bowland official website
  4. ^ Duckworth, Alan. "Gandhi: a visit to Lancashire". Cotton Town: Blackburn with Darwen. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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