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Nellie Bradley
Nellie Bradley
Birth: 12 September 1889
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Death: 11 March 2002
Silsden, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Age: 112 years, 180 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Nellie Bradley (12 September 1889 – 11 March 2002) was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom at the time of her death. She was also the last surviving British person born in the 1880s. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Early Life

Bradley was born on 12 September 1889 in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England. She two brothers and two sisters and grew up on the family farm. It was reported that all of her siblings lived to be nonagenarians.

In 1914, Bradley married her childhood sweetheart, James Bradley, while he was serving as a vet with the artillery regiment in the First World War. In the 1920s, the couple moved to Shipley, West Yorkshire, where James Bradley set up his own veterinary practice. They had four children: John, Mary, James, and Ralph.

Later Life

Following her husband's death in 1966, Bradley continued to live alone in Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire. At the age of 95, she suffered multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis, after walking in front of a car. She subsequently moved in to a nursing home in Silsden, West Yorkshire. She died on 11 March 2002 at the age of 112 years, 180 days.

Longevity Records

Bradley became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of 114 year-old Amy Hulmes on 27 October 2001, as well as the last surviving British person born in the 1880s. In fact, it is believed that she also outlived every British person born in 1890 as well. Following her death, Gladys Hawley became the UK's oldest living person.

She, Japanese supercentenarian Gozei Taba, and American supercentenarian Martha Williams were the first set of three supercentenrians with the same birth date.


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