Thought I had already covered this, but a search of my blog seems to say I haven't! May be I just photocopied parts of it. But anyway:
Historically, Bradford was a rural township that lay beyond the eastern fringe of Manchester. Settlement probably comprised little more than a few cottages scattered around Bradford Old Hall, a moated manor house that was built in the mid 14th century century. This rich natural resource was the principal reason for the 19th century transformation of Brradford into a key industrial area, known locally as the 'engine room' for Manchester. This booklet rediscovers the history of Braford, and summarises the findings from archaeological excavations of two important industrial sites: Bradford Colliery; and the famours ironworks of Richard Johnson & Nephew.
Of chief interest for brick fans is the information about the Bradford Colliery Brickworks, and here's a sample:
This is number 4 in the Greater Manchester's Past Revealed series.
The booklet costs £5.00 and the ISBN is 9781907686047. A search on the
Web brought up no details as to how to get hold of the publication, but
it was published by Oxford Archaeology North.