West Bradford
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Eaves Hall
West Bradford is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
West Bradford
West Bradford
Location in Ribble Valley Borough
West Bradford is located in the Forest of Bowland
West Bradford
West Bradford
Location in the Forest of Bowland
West Bradford is located in Lancashire
West Bradford
West Bradford
Location within Lancashire
Population788 (Parish 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSD745445
Civil parish
  • West Bradford
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBB7
Dialling code01200
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
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53°53′42″N 2°23′17″W / 53.895°N 2.388°W / 53.895; -2.388Coordinates: 53°53′42″N 2°23′17″W / 53.895°N 2.388°W / 53.895; -2.388

West Bradford is a village and civil parish in Lancashire, England, 27 miles (43 km) west of the larger city of Bradford, West Yorkshire and 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Clitheroe. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 census was 788.[1] 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.[2]

Along with Waddington, Grindleton and Sawley the parish forms the Waddington and West Bradford ward of Ribble Valley Borough Council. [3][4]


See also: Lordship of Bowland

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.[5] 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).[6]

Mahatma Gandhi stayed here (Heys Farm Guest House) in 1931 when he came to visit the cotton mills of Lancashire.[7]

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  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – West Bradford Parish (1170215136)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. ^ Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 58. ISBN 0198691033.
  3. ^ "Waddington and West Bradford". MARIO. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Waddington and West Bradford". Ordnance Survey Linked Data Platform. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Lord of the Fells, Guardian of History" (PDF). Rural Life. November 2014.
  6. ^ Forest of Bowland official website
  7. ^ Duckworth, Alan. "Gandhi: a visit to Lancashire". Cotton Town: Blackburn with Darwen. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2009.