Bradford Beck

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Rising on the Pennine hills to the West of the Bradford's city centre, the main tributaries of Thornton Beck, Pitty Beck, Clayton Beck and Chellow Dene Beck combine to form Bradford beck, which flows in to the city along a route which runs roughly parallel to the B6145 Thornton Road.

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In the city itself the beck disappears in to a series of tunnels and passes under Church Bank by Bradford Cathedral - site of the original "Broad Ford" from which the city takes its name - and then turns north to reemerge in a culvert running parallel to the A6037 Canal Road to meet the River Aire at Shipley.

In years gone by the city centre was prone to flooding from Bradford Beck but drainage channels excavated following a major inundation in July 1968 (when a summer thunderstorm caused the waters to rise in to the streets and subways) seem to have largely solved the problem, and it is seen as a tribute to the city's water engineers that the centre did not flood during the massive floods which hit the Bronte Country area in December 2015.

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