BRADFORD, a township, in the parish and union of Manchester, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 2 miles (E. by S.) from Manchester, on the road from Ashton-under-Lyne; containing 911 inhabitants. This township, which is included in the ecclesiastical district of Openshaw, comprises about 280 statute acres, chiefly the property of Lady Hoghton, of Astley Hall, near Chorley; the surface is level, and the soil heavy. The Bradford coal-mines produce good engine-coal. There is a cotton-mill; and some bleach-works are in operation, which were established about sixty-five years ago, by the father of their present proprietor, John Ryder, Esq. The river Medlock, and the Ashton canal, run through the township; in which is Philips Park, of 31 statute acres, forming a favourite promenade of the people of Manchester, and for the site of which the Park Committee gave Lady Hoghton £6000.See Manchester.