Even industrial buildings were influenced by such styles including Lister's Mill (1873) in the Manningham area of Bradford, with its 250 feet high chimney styled like an Italian bell tower.Perhaps the most famous Victorian building in Bradford is Lockwood and Mawson's St George's Hall, a concert hall in Bridge Street dating from 1851.
A steam powered mill was erected at Bradford in 1798, but the real growth of the town was in the nineteenth century.
Most of the impressive buildings of the city date from the Victorian period including the Wool Exchange of 1864 and Bradford City Hall of 1873 which were both designed by the Bradford architects Lockwood and Mawson.
It has claimed to be the home of the world's biggest lens, the smallest camera and the first ever photographic likeness. Priestley's works reflect his typical blunt Yorkshire characteristics.
The population growth of Bradford in the Victorian age was as follows - 13,000 in 1801 growing to 104,400 in 1851, to 280,000 by 1901. Staying on the literary front, the Bronte family of nearby Haworth, can almost be claimed for the Bradford area.
Saltaire was a model village built in the 1850s by Sir Titus Salt and it was one of the first model villages in the world.
The village stands at the entrance to Lister park, a healthy location chosen by Sir Titus for his new alpaca and mohair cloth mill - the famous Salt's Mill of 1853.
During the 19th century, the average age fell for English women, but it didn’t drop any lower than 22.
Patterns varied depending on social and economic class, of course, with working-class women tending to marry slightly older than their aristocratic counterparts.
Certainly, infants and children died of disease, malnutrition and mishaps at much higher rates than they do today.
But if a girl managed to survive to adulthood, her chance of living to a ripe old age of 50, 60, 70 or even older was quite good.