The trading heart of the world’s textile industry in the mid-19th century, Little Germany was booming with leading wealthy merchants, investing in the city of Bradford with many of the Victorian architecture still on display.
Keen to impress clients, the leading wealthy merchants spared no expense in building imposing offices, showrooms and warehouses using finest quality Yorkshire stone, with ornate architectural features and decorative masonry. Their aspiration, vision and financial strength created Little Germany, an urban village of outstanding architectural and historical significance. Today these unique buildings form a collection of 85 buildings constructed between 1855 and 1890, of which 55 are listed.
As the home of Victorian Bradford, Little Germany has become a beacon the creative arts. Among the attractions is The Bradford Playhouse offering a diverse series of venues for access with the West Yorkshire area including Cinderella and The Little Shop of Horrors.
Little Germany boasts a close proximity to Bradford Cathedral, one of Yorkshire’s most revered attraction and the oldest building in the city. Set in the tranquil gardens where battle once raged, the Cathedral is alive with the echo if the 13 centuries it has survived through in the heart of Bradford. The third church on the site, is 500 years old, with 20th century additions. Bradford’s most ancient place of worship is friendly, peaceful and fascinating with many special features, including some of William Morris’ earliest stained glass.
Little Germany, situated alongside the Broadway Shopping Centre, is regarded as Europe’s finest merchants’ quarters enabling modern shopping facilities and historic architecture run side by side. Playing homage to its heyday in the mid-19th century, Little Germany offers an array of restaurants and bars including Cona Fine Dining Restaurant, Guzelian Cafe Bar and Gallery.
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