Bradford is a lees at the hert o the City of Bradford, a metropolitan burgh o Wast Yorkshire, in Northren Ingland. It is situatit in the fuithills o the Pennines, 8.6 miles (13.8 km) wast o Leeds, an 16 miles (25.7 km) northwast o Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, an received its chairter as a ceety in 1897. Follaein local govrenment reform in 1974, ceety status wis bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.
Bradford haes a population o 293,717, makin it the fowerteent-maist muckle settlement in the UK. Bradford forms pairt o the Wast Yorkshire Urban Aurie conurbation which in 2001 haed a population of 1.5 million an is pairt o the Leeds-Bradford Lairger Urban Zone (LUZ), the third lairgest in the UK efter Lunnon an Manchester, wi an estimatit population in the 2004 Urban Audit o 2.4 million.
The name Bradford is derived frae the "broad ford" at Church Bank (belaw the steid o Bradford Cathedral) aroond which a settlement haed begun tae appear afore the time o the Norman Conquest ("Bradeford" in the Domesday beuk o 1086). The ford crossed the stream cried Bradford Beck.
Bradford is twinned wi a number o places aroond the warld:
- Skopje, Macedonie (syne 1963)
- Roubaix, Fraunce (syne 1969)
- Verviers, Belgium (syne 1970)
- Mönchengladbach, Germany (syne 1971)
- Galway, Ireland (syne 1987)
- Mirpur, Pakistan (friendship agreement in 1998)