Edward IV granted the right to hold two annual fairs and from this time the town began to prosper.
In the reign of Henry VIII Bradford exceeded Leeds as a manufacturing centre.
In 1316 there is mention of a fulling mill, a soke mill where all the manor corn was milled and a market.
During the Wars of the Roses the inhabitants sided with House of Lancaster.
Like Salt he was a councillor, JP and Bradford MP who was deeply concerned to improve working class housing conditions.
He built the industrial Model village of Ripley Ville on a site in Broomfields, East Bowling close to the dye works.
Bradford forms part of the West Yorkshire Urban Area conurbation which in 2001 had a population of 1.5 million and it is the fourth largest urban area in the United Kingdom Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool.Coal output continued to expand, reaching a peak in 1868 when Bradford contributed a quarter of all the coal and iron produced in Yorkshire.This Industrial Revolution led to rapid growth, with wool imported in vast quantities for the manufacture of worsted cloth in which Bradford specialised, and the town soon became known as the wool capital of the world.A major employer was Titus Salt who in 1833 took over the running of his father's woollen business specialising in fabrics combining alpaca, mohair, cotton and silk. However, because of the polluted environment and squalid conditions for his workers Salt left Bradford and transferred his business to Salts Mill in Saltaire in 1850, where in 1853 he began to build the workers' village which has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.Henry Ripley was a younger contemporary of Titus Salt.
and is described as such in the Domesday Book of 1086.