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BRADFORD, a township and a chapelry in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The township lies adjacent to the Manchester and Sheffield railway, 4 miles E of Manchester; and has a post office under Manchester. Acres, 279. Pop., 3,523. Houses, 707. The chapelry extends into Beswick township; bears the name of Bradford-cum-Beswick; and was constituted very recently. The statistics are not reported. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester, with a parsonage, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The church was built in 1862, at a cost of 6,000; and is in the early English style, and cruciform. There are Wesleyan and Free Methodist chapels, large schools built in 1864, at a cost of 3,000, and a police station.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

Archives and libraries

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Details about the census records, and indexes for Bradford.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Bradford was a township in the parish of Manchester.


A description of Bradford in the 19th century.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Bradford was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


The Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society.

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