Bradley, North Yorkshire

Bradley is a village in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. The village is situated between Skipton and Keighley. It is approximately 12 mile (800 m) from the A629 and 2 miles (3 km) from the nearby town of Skipton. Bradley is divided into two parts; High Bradley and Low Bradley, known collectively as Bradleys Both although traditionally the village used to be named Bradley Ambo. While physically in North Yorkshire and under the council of North Yorkshire, it has a West Yorkshire postal town and dialling code.

Bradley is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population1,244 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE002485
• London185 mi (298 km) SSE
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBD20
Dialling code01535
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
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53°55′49″N 1°59′50″W / 53.9303°N 1.9972°W / 53.9303; -1.9972Coordinates: 53°55′49″N 1°59′50″W / 53.9303°N 1.9972°W / 53.9303; -1.9972


The automated swing bridge across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes through the village. The Bradley section of the canal was completed in 1775. Upon entering the village there is a swing bridge crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. A coal business was eventually established on the left of the swing bridge, complete with a wharf and weighbridge, while a coal stay and canal wharf occupied a large area to the right. Coal barges pulled by boat were a regular sight.[citation needed]

Bradley Mill constructed in the 1860s was renovated into 28 homes in 2005, developed by Novo Homes.[citation needed]

The primary school, Bradleys Both Community Primary School, was built in 1914. The name derives from the fact that the village is divided into two parts - Low Bradley and High Bradley.

On 22 April 2007, a Polish war memorial was unveiled by the canal, in memory of seven Polish airmen who died when their plane crashed near Skipton in 1943.[2]


In the past, quarrying supplied slate and stone for building materials[citation needed] but most of the villagers were engaged in hand looming and wool combing in their own homes.[citation needed]

In the mid-1860s, industry started to develop in Bradley in the form of spinning and weaving mills.[citation needed] Weaving was carried out at Rose Shed Mill, which was redeveloped into Browns Court in the late 1990s.[citation needed]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bradleys Both Parish (1170216728)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Polish war effort remembered". Telegraph and Argus. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2012.

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