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Coordinates: 53°48′18″N 1°45′50″W / 53.805°N 1.764°W / 53.805; -1.764 Manningham is an area of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, approximately a mile north of the city centre and is seen as the centre of the city's south Asian population.



It (very roughly) covers the area bordered by Manningham Lane to the east, Thornton Road (B6145) to the south west, and Oak Lane to the north. Other important roads in the area are Lumb Lane, Carlisle Road and White Abbey Road/Whetley Hill.

Manningham Lane, part of the A650, stretches from Hamm Strasse to around Lister Park where it becomes Keighley Road. It is a busy road in terms of both traffic and commerce: it lined with shops and business for practically its entire length.

White Abbey Road (which becomes Whetley Hill around 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 between Manningham Lane and White Abbey Road, is 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.

Manningham also houses Lister Park.


Manningham holds a wealth of industrial history including mill buildings and back-to-back terraced houses.

Whilst Manningham holds a strong cultural and historical value, it was also the location for the Manningham Riot in June 1995 and the Bradford Riots in July 2001.


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 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 is also the home of the 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. As was once common with English football stadiums, Valley Parade, is actually the name of a road that slopes down Bradford's valley off the A650.

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