About Us

At Giant Bradley's Online Sweet Shop we strive to fulfill all our customers’ sweet wishes and offer a wide range of quality sweets which we deliver throughout the UK.

We have plenty of quality traditional and retro sweets which are presented to you in a variety of sweet boxes, sweet jars and sweet hampers for you to enjoy.

The name of our Online Sweet Shop is inspired by the local, famous man, William Bradley or as he is more commonly known "Giant Bradley", who was born in Market Weighton on the 10th February 1787 and is one of the tallest recorded British men that ever lived, measuring 7 feet 9 inches (2.36 m).

About Giant Bradley

Born in Market Weighton within the East Riding of Yorkshire, William was the fourth son in a family of thirteen and weighed 14 pounds (6.35 kg) at birth.  His father, a master tailor (Note: Market Weighton parish registers instead say he was a Butcher) measured 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), while his siblings and mother Anne were of average size, although one sister who died in an accident at age 16 was tall.

He was said to have been teased at school because of his height, though many students were scared of him.  Teachers at the school were said to have punished misbehaving students by getting Bradley to lift them onto high cross beams, until the teacher decided to have them taken down again.  After leaving school he worked on a farm near the town of Pocklington, earning less than 10 shillings (50p) a week.

Bradley travelled with a group of showmen under the alias of the Yorkshire Giant; at the time, the freak shows were popular and would draw large crowds. As the tallest British man, Bradley was a prized asset in the business joining the huge Yorkshire Pig which was bred in Sancton two miles from Market Weighton.

After touring many fairs up and down the country, including the Hull Fair, he parted from his minder by 1815 to manage himself.  He would charge a shilling for each person to visit him in a room which he hired in various towns.  He was even presented before King George III at Windsor who gave him a large golden watch on a chain, which he wore for the rest of his life.

Bradley died aged 33 in his hometown of Market Weighton, where he was buried inside the church because of fears of graverobbing.  His house still stands on Market Hill. The A1079 road which passes Market Weighton is named Giant Bradley Way.

Giant Bradley Community Day

An annual festival is organised in memory of William Bradley in his home town of Market Weighton.  The event has been held annually in May since 1996 and is attended by hundreds of people in the town.  It is a family-oriented event with games, amusement rides, stalls and other attractions, including the famous "Weighton Lash". Christopher Greener who was the tallest living European for a period of time has taken part in the celebrations in the past.

 

 

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