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The area usually termed "Manningham" tends to be that bordered by Manningham Lane to the east, Thornton Road (B6145) to the south west, and Oak Lane to the north. However this is historically inaccurate as places such as White Abbey, Black Abbey, Longlands and Brown Royd that would be covered by this were separate communities. This inaccurate view of what constitutes Manningham as been persisted with the creation of administrative units such as the Manningham Ward.
Manningham Lane, part of the A650, stretches from Hamm Strasse to Lister Park where it becomes Keighley Road. It is a busy road in terms of both traffic and commerce, lined with shops and businesses for practically its entire length.
White Abbey Road (which becomes Whetley Hill at the junction with Whetley Lane and Carlisle Road), part of the B6144, is similarly active, with several large clothing outlets and jewellery shops.
Oak Lane is quieter in terms of traffic but similarly commercialised, although with a tendency towards smaller shops and food outlets.
Lumb Lane, running parallel to and between Manningham Lane and White Abbey Road, was widely regarded as the centre of the city's "red light" district. Historically, this was certainly the case; however, recent actions by community groups have lessened the prevalence of prostitutes in the area. Today the City Road area in Goitside appears to be the "new" red light district of Bradford. The area came under the spotlight when several prostitutes became victims of the "Crossbow cannibal" in 2010.
Manningham holds a wealth of industrial history including mill buildings and back-to-back terraced houses.
The most dominant landmark in Manningham is arguably the most dominant landmark in the entire city, Lister Mills. The mills stand in the most elevated part of Manningham, at the top of Oak Lane (although, more accurately, the mills are on the corner of Lilycroft and Heaton Roads). The mills have recently been converted into luxury modern apartments.
Another key landmark is Lister Park (also known as Manningham Park). This triangular park, situated between Keighley Road, North Park Road and Emm Lane in the north of Manningham, is one of the city's largest parks. It houses Cartwright Hall (a museum and art gallery), a large boating lake and the Mughal Water Gardens as well as extensive botanical gardens.
Manningham also contains Valley Parade football stadium, which has been the home of Bradford City football club since they were founded in 1903 and where the Bradford Bulls played in recent years whilst their Odsal home was redeveloped. In 1985 the Valley Parade ground was the site of the disastrous fire which killed 56 spectators and injured at least 265 at the final game of the season, against Lincoln City, and led to improved safety regulations at British sports grounds. As was once common with English football stadiums, the stadium takes its name from the road on which it is situated, Valley Parade being the name of a road that slopes down Bradford's valley off the A650.
- Keith, K, Manningham: Its historical development to the early 20th Century (PDF), West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service, 14 July 2003
- Cudworth, William, Histories of Manningham, Allerton and Heaton (PDF), 1896
- Manningham: Conservation Area Assessment (PDF), Bradford Council
- Moving Manningham Forward, Manningham Masterplan
- Lister Park, "Visit Bradford"