But the North South Divide is deceptive as Nick said. If you leave Bradford and head west, across the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, just twenty kilometers away, is the wealthy and gentrified town of Hebden Bridge. You pass sheep farms along the way, remnants of what was once the most productive wool industry in the world.
Hebden is what happens when new money regenerates a broken system, and it is in shocking contrast to Bradford. As the economy of Manchester exploded into life, the young and the prosperous, moved to Hebden, refurbished the old derelict mills and revitalised that community energy. It is full of life, a bustling community of cafés and restaurants.