Old Images: Road Transport

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Around Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The tollhouse at HoltThe Bradford Roads Trust tollhouse at Holt in about 1880, around the time when the toll roads were being made free. The schedule of toll charges was painted on the board on the wall of building on the left, which is where the tolls were collected.

 

Tithe Barn, Barton Farm, stagecoach Tithe Barn, Barton Farm, wagonAn old stagecoach and a farm wagon which were on display as part of a collection of old agricultural equipment in the Tithe Barn at Barton Farm, Bradford.

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wagon delivering to Beavens' at HoltA covered wagon drawn by three horses carrying wool or skins to the leather works of Beavens’ at Holt; a pencil drawing by A. Thompson

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H.J. Penny's bakery delivery wagonThe delivery van of Herbert Penny, who was a baker in Newtown, outside Christchurch, Bath Road. Horse-drawn delivery vehicles often persisted long after motor vehicles became available, probably because the horse knew its round as well as its driver.

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bus outside the Swan, Church StreetA motor omnibus of Bath Electric Tramways waiting to set off for Bath from outside the Swan Hotel in Church Street at the beginning of the 20th century. The vehicle is one of the six Milnes Daimler 32-seat buses that the company bought in 1905. It looks as if it is about to have its number took by the policeman; the number would have been between FB02 and FB07. This may have been at the inauguration of the service, which connected with the tram at Bathford.

Farleigh WickA double-deck motor omnibus, perhaps the same one, passing through Farleigh Wick, Monkton Farleigh on its way to Bath. The road here at the Fox & Hounds pub was much narrower then, reflecting the lighter and much slower traffic.

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Charabanc outing in SalisburyAn outing in Gerald Stamper’s motor charabanc in the 1920s. The photograph was taken at Salisbury, the destination for the day out from Bradford. It was probably an annual event, like those carried out by numerous clubs, factory works or church and chapel members.

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Albert William Long and his carBuilder Albert William Long at the wheel of his car, believed to have been only the second in Bradford, in about 1912.

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1904 OldsmobileAnother early car in Bradford: Cecil Reade Quartley, manager of the Spencer Moulton rubber company, at the tiller (not steering wheel) of his American 1904 Curved-dash Oldsmobile. The lady is his mother, Clarissa Penruddocke. The AM of the number plate are the letters that show that the car was registered in Wiltshire, the 84th in the county.

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motorcycle club, Church Street c1912Members of Bradford on Avon Motorcycle Club in Druce’s Hill, Church Street in about 1912.

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More old photos of motorcycling

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