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Bradford during the Industrial Revolution


Bradford grew in size and importance during the Industrial Revolution. Prior to this Bradford's main claims to being historically significant are based largely around her involvement in the English Civil War, when the siege of Bradford and the circumstances surrounding this event arguably altered the cause of the conflict and thus English history. 

The evolution of machinery in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw the town turn into a city as a great deal of wealth was generated by the profitable woolcombing industry. The period saw the city come to the fore of British domestic politics with fine examples of social change occurring around the City. Titus Salt for example, and later on the events that led to the foundation of the Labour party.

The Bradford Timeline is an excellent resource relating to the History of Bradford.

Bradford in the Civil War



Other pages related to the Industrial revolution

The Chartists        The Luddites        The Swing Riots        The Rebecca Riots        Other protest Movements. 

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Page last updated 10/03/01
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