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Great Britain 1902-11 Issue, Scott's cat # 131. This 2½p ultramarine used stamp depicts King Edward VII. This stamp has good margins, nice centering, all perforations clear of the image and is without flaws or defects. It has an average cancel from Bradford.
Note: Bradford lies at the heart of the City of Bradford, a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, in Northern England. It is situated in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles west of Leeds, and 16 miles northwest of Wakefield.
Bradford was settled in Saxon times and by the middle ages became a small town centred on Kirkgate, Westgate and Ivegate. After William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North, the manor of Bradford was described as waste in the Domesday Book of 1086. There is evidence of a castle in the time of the Lacys. 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. 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. Bradford grew slowly over the next two-hundred years as the woolen trade gained in prominence.
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