Our team at the Bradford self storage facility have put together a list of facts that you might not know about the city of Bradford. How many of these were you aware of?


England’s Highest City

Standing at 324 meters above sea level, Bradford is the highest city in England. Sheffield is the second highest at 298 meters, followed by Stoke-on-Trent at 275 meters.


Man Dressed as Batman

Photo Credits: AFP/Getty – CCTV footage of the Bradford Batman

Bradford Batman

In 2013, Bradford had their very own Batman keeping them safe from criminals by a man dressed in a full Batman costume. The Bradford Batman was so committed to the cause that he took a burglary suspect into custody at the central police station. The criminal was apprehended by the ‘real-life superhero’ at Trafalgar House station – sounds like the beginning of ‘Kick-Ass’ if you ask us!


Youngest City

Bradford is the youngest city in the UK, with a quarter of its population under 16. The median age in Bradford is 36.7 years old, compared to the median age for England which is 40.2 years old.


Oakworth Station And Train

Photo Credit: flickr/ Colin Smith

The Railway Children

Continuing the film theme, the 1970 film ‘The Railway Children’ was filmed in Bradford, and you can even visit Oakworth station as shown in the film. The sequel ‘The Railway Children Return’ is being made this year and is set to be released in May 2022. The sequel is also set to be filmed in many Bradford locations from the original film; including Oakworth station, Haworth and The Bronte Parsonage.


Free School Meals

Bradford was the first city to offer state-funded school meals after children were collapsing during school from hunger. They were first served at a primary school in 1906 and the initiative was rolled out nationally under the Provision of School Meals Act later that year.