The Area

The shape of Manningham tells the story of its past if you know where to look!

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Manningham is positioned in a wedge shaped ridge to the northwest of the city centre, in close proximity to the city centre. The area showcases natural green space, architectural beauty and is well connected to the city and wider district. Manningham is home to five conservation areas and a large number of listed buildings, which shows off its successful and wealthy past. The area is also home to several attractions which draw visitors from afar - such as Bradford City Football club, Lister Park - considered one of the best parks in Britain and the Carlisle Business Centre - a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity driving business growth and unity in the area.

Download Manningham History Walk 'From Village to Velvet' walking route map (4.50MB PDF).

Download Manningham Masterplan Boundary Map in PDF format (684 KB).

Download Manningham Masterplan conservation areas appraisals (PDF):

Apsley Crescent
Eldon Place
North Park Road
Southfield Square
St Paul's


  • Magnificent buildings and spaces of true quality: Lister Mills, Lister Park
  • The elegant shapes created by streets, crescents and squares fronted by villas and homes of exceptional style
  • The built heritage that tells the story of Bradford's past as a textile centre, played out in the rich variety of dwellings and streets


  • People are aware of what can be achieved in Manningham following the progress before the recession and recent successes like Grosvenor Ground and the start of St. Catherine's renovation 
  • Enthusiasm for a shared future across community groups
  • Increasing interest in combining a strong, secure future for Manningham with reinforced links to the city centre and beyond


  • Strong, diverse and loyal businesses are active in Manningham
  • Local shops are well supported, providing energy and colour to main routes through the area
  • Vacant mills and sites provide valuable potential for additional enterprise, investment and business expansion


  • Widespread sense of 'readiness' for a new and positive future
  • Seeing is believing. Community, businesses, services and onlookers will respond to further tangible, visible signals of confidence. The time is right for additional image building investments.

Some of its strengths


  • The environment
    The new Grosvenor Ground Play area was opened in late 2010 and has transformed a previously unused piece of land into a brilliant new play area, themed around 'mounds and hollows.' The new play areas at Springcliffe Gardens and at the Millan Centre are further examples
  • Lister Park
    Manningham is home to the award winning Lister Park (also known as Manningham Park) recognised as the best park in the country and Europe (2007). Amongst its attractions are Cartwright Hall museum and art gallery, botanical gardens and the Mughal water gardens.
  • Valley Parade
    Home to Bradford City Football Club, a focal point for residents of the district.