Explore Bradford: White Hill and Sladesbrook

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

 

White Hill is the old road that led from Silver Street northwards towards South Wraxall and Atworth. From the top of the hill, its line continues as Sladesbrook, which is named after a small stream which flows, underground these days, down to the Avon. Today the road, the B3109, leads to Corsham to join the A4 London-Bath road.

There were some shops in Sladesbrook- H.W. & W.B. Wilkinson had a combined grocery and draper’s shop called Sladesbrook Stores in the 1950s and 1960s. A fish and chip shop called The Admiral’s Cabin flourished into the 1990s.

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7 and 8 White Hill7 and 8 White Hill belonged to Bradford on Avon Industrial & Provident Society (the co-operative society)and held the co-op’s bakery department. The shop window is still to be seen.

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9 White Hill Co-op buildingNumber 9 also belonged to the co-op and the building at the back was built for it in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Year. The date 1897 is carved on its wall.

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The former King's Head public house, White HillNumber 13 White Hill is the building that used to be the King’s Head public house. It was recorded as a pub in 1842, but it  ceased serving in 1961 and by 1963 had become a private house.

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Martins, Whitehill, Bradford on Avon 1936The double-fronted house called Martins (originally Kingsfield) is set back from Whitehill down a short lane. It was probably buit by builder and mason Jeremiah Batten as his own home in about 1820. This photograph was taken by the chemist Richard Christopher in 1936. The tower and spire of Christ Church is in the background on the left.

 

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Sladesbrook ChapelSladesbrook Chapel was built for a breakaway group of Primitive Methodists in 1845 (the date is carved in the  top of the gable) and opened in November of that year. As a chapel it didn’t last long, folding sometime between 1885 and 1890 and it had become a temperance hall by 1899. It was used for a while as a schoolroom for nearby Christ Church School before its new buildings opened in 1956. It has now been converted into a house.

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Sladesbrook millBehind the first houses on the right in Sladesbrook is the building that was Sladesbrook Mill, a small factory that was involved in the woollen cloth industry. After some years in a semi-derelict state, it has been converted into a house.

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The line of the road continues to > Bradford Leigh

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