Bradley, West Midlands

Bradley, West Midlands

Infobox UK place|
official_name= Bradley
country= England
region= West Midlands
os_grid_reference= SO959952
latitude= 52.5528
longitude= -2.0752
metropolitan_borough= Wolverhampton
metropolitan_county= West Midlands

Bradley (Audio|En-uk-Bradley.ogg|pronunciation; IPA|/ˈbreɪdli/ "brade-ley") was originally a village in the Manor of Sedgley, England. Nowadays it is situated in the Bilston East ward of Wolverhampton City Council.

From 1894 to 1966 it was part of Coseley Urban District Council until being transferred into the Wolverhampton County Borough as a suburb of Bilston. Bradley sprung up during the 19th century with several factories and farms surrounded by mostly terraced houses in which the factory and farm workers lived. But almost all of Bradley had been redeveloped by the early 1970s, the majority of homes in the area were council-owned.

The Wednesbury Oak Loop of the Birmingham Canal Navigations winds round the north of the village. This was originally part of the main line of the canal between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, planned by James Brindley and built between 1768 and 1772. This GBvosi|e=395826|n=295252|cty=32|txt=map from about 1888 shows Bradley, the canal and many coal mine shafts and iron works. A separate canal, the Bradley Branch, terminated at Wednesbury Oak, to the south of Bradley.


Goalkeeper Bert Williams was born in Bradley on January 31 1922. He began his career at Walsall FC before a move to Wolves in 1945 after the war. He made his debut at the same time as Johnny Hancocks against Arsenal, a game Wolves won 6-1. In his first season Wolves finished in third place in Division 1. He won an FA Cup medal with Wolves in 1949. He also played for England in the 1950 World Cup. He won a league champions medal with Wolves in the 1953-54 season. In 1957, he retired from football and went on to open a sports shop in Bilston.

Bradley was for several years the home, and the place of death, of John Wilkinson.

Science Fiction writer Hugh Walters was born in Bradley in 1910 and lived in Bilston until his death in 1993.

Bradley is the birthplace and lifelong home of Dennis Turner, Baron Bilston. He is a life peer in the House of Lords and former Member of Parliament.

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