West Bradford is a village and civil parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 27 miles west of the city of Bradford and 2½ miles north of Clitheroe in Lancashire. The civil parish corresponds to the township of the ancient parish of Mitton. Its population taken at the 2011 census was 788. 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. "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.
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 sq. miles on the borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire. 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).
Mahatma Gandhi stayed here (at Heys Farm Guest House) in 1931 when he came to visit the local cotton mills.
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- Forest of Bowland official website