1950s – 60s Bradford

The Windrush Caribbean Communities in Bradford predominantly came from the Islands of Dominica, Barbados and Jamaica. Many people first found homes in the Manningham area of Bradford. This meant that new communities from these islands were created in Yorkshire and people within them began to forge a new identity which synthesised their Caribbean Island and British heritage.

This history shows just how unique the Caribbean community in Bradford is.

Many Caribbeans in Bradford were employed in transport to operate the trolleybuses and work on the railway. Many others found work in hospitals within Bradford. The National Health Service (NHS), founded in 1948, required a good supply of nurses to meet the health needs of the population. By 1955, sixteen British colonies had set up recruitment agencies to provide a much-needed workforce for the NHS in Britain. From the late 1940s to the 1970s, over 10,000 people had been recruited from abroad, many of these being women from the Caribbean.