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Bradford lies at the heart of the City of Bradford, a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire. It is situated in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles (14 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Wakefield.
Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the earliest industrialised settlements, rapidly becoming the "wool capital of the world".
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Map of Bradford with its 56 textile mills ().
Towns with historical textile mills near Bradford.
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Yorkshire textile mills, 2010-17. About this site.