Discussion Group: The History of the Bradford on Avon Fire Brigade

Discussion Group: The History of the Bradford on Avon Fire Brigade

Wednesday 4th October,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In October’s Discussion Group, our Hon. Curator, Roger Clark, will talk about the history of the Bradford on Avon Fire Brigade.  The Museum holds a collection of items and photographs from the Fire Brigade through the ages, and it promises to be an interesting evening.

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New booklet: The Medieval Town

New booklet: The Medieval Town

Bradford-on-Avon: the medieval town is the latest addition to the Museum’s stable of booklets and the second of our Monograph Series, in which words take precedence over pictures and includes full references. It is the work of Ivor Slocombe, a dedicated researcher of historical archives and his wife Pamela, who draws on years of experience with the Wiltshire Buildings...

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Old Photographs: Hunting

Old Photographs: Hunting

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These three photographs were taken by the chemist Richard Christopher from the upper floor of the building that is now the Dandy Lion public house. They show a meeting of a hunt outside the Town Hall, at the junction of Market Street and Church Street. Some of the population has turned out to see the Duke of Beaufort.

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A Brewery Outing in 1899

A Brewery Outing in 1899

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The photograph shows the members of a party from the Newtown brewery of Willkins Brothers & Hudson on a trip to Ilfracombe on the north coast of Devon in July 1899. We haven’t yet found the exact location, but it is pretty reasonable to assume that it is a pub.

It is not...

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Greenland Mills

Greenland Mills

The fall of water that is held up by Bradford Weir powered many of the mills and factories of the town. On the southern bank of the River Avon, at the far end of Bridge Street, was a group for factories known as Greenland, presumably so-called because of their relatively distant position from the town centre.

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New Museum booklet: Bridges of Bradford-on-Avon

New Museum booklet: Bridges of Bradford-on-Avon

The latest in Bradford on Avon Museum’s series of publications is a well-illustrated historical survey of the town’s bridges -across the river, canal and railway. Ivor Slocombe has included new research from his delving into records in the Wiltshire & Swindon Archives and has section on the footbridge which (so far) never was.

The booklet is on sale at the Museum,...

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Old Photographs: Frome Road

Old Photographs: Frome Road

 

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The Three Horseshoes pub, at the beginning of Frome Road, in the 1890s. Externally at least, little has changed in more than a century; apart from the transport, the main difference is the loss of the large gas lamp.   Read More

Floods

Floods

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The River Avon at Bradford on Avon has always been liable to burst its banks. The river rises quickly with heavy rainfall and usually falls just as quickly after a brief flood.

It spills fairly harmlessly over the floodplain above Bradford, with the roads to Staverton Bridge becoming inundated very easily. At Bradford it is...

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Unclaimed World War 1 Medallions

Unclaimed World War 1 Medallions

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After the end of the Great War, in July 1919, Bradford on Avon Urban District Council arranged for medallions to be given to each person from the town who had served in the armed forces. Each was inscribed with the person’s name.

However, a couple of years ago, the present Town Council discovered a box which contained...

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A New Museum Publication: The Hall

A New Museum Publication: The Hall

Bradford on Avon Museum’s publications group has come up with another in our series of booklets about local subjects, in conjunction with Ex Libris Press.

Pamela Slocombe’s booklet, which is in a slightly larger format than the previous ones, is about The Hall, the ancient and beautiful mansion on the eastern side of Bradford. It gives a history of the development of the...

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Explore Bradford: Views

Explore Bradford: Views

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Bradford Town Bridge with Abbey Mill beyond and the terraces of Tory and the hillside in the background.

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The hillside seen from the railway station. Directly...

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Twin Town: Norden

Twin Town: Norden

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Norden is a town on the North Sea coast of Ostfriesland, Niedersachsen, Germany, on low land near the Dutch border. Its port was once important in foreign trading and still supports a fishing fleet and ferries to the Frisian islands. It had a population of 25,019 at the end of 2011. 

Norden and Bradford became twinned in 1969...

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Twin Town: Sully-sur-Loire

Twin Town: Sully-sur-Loire

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The small town of Sully-sur-Loire in the Départment of Loiret lies a little upstream on the river Loire from the city of Orléans. It is dominated by its enormous moated château, once the seat of the Dukes of Sully. It was originally built to defend a place where it was possible to ford the Loire at low water, but bridged since the 10th...

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Old Photographs: Trowbridge Road

Old Photographs: Trowbridge Road

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Trowbridge Road looking north towards the centre of town. Avonfield Terrace (built in 1879) is on the right; The other side of the road was, in around 1890, yet to be developed.

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Iron Age Bradford

The pre-Roman Iron Age in Bradford is represented by an enigmatic site on the top of the hill at Budbury. The name itself includes the Old English word burh, which was used of a fortified site and suggests that there was a recognisable fort there in the Saxon period.

At the time when the land at...

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Old Photographs: Bradford in the 1960s

Old Photographs: Bradford in the 1960s

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A small collection of black-and-white photographs which belonged to a former Museum Steward and Treasurer. Structurally little has changed since these were taken, but the cars give the date of the pictures -many of which would be regarded as “classic cars” now.

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Old Photographs: The Church Lads’ Brigade

Old Photographs: The Church Lads’ Brigade

The Church Lads’ Brigade was a Church of England organisation that was first set up in 1891. A Bradford on Avon Company had come into existence by 1907 and was associated with Christ Church and with O.P. Skrine. Osmund Percy Skrine (1858-1924) was the seventh son of Henry Duncan Skrine of Warleigh Manor, Bathford and moved to Kingsfield Grove in Bradford in 1905 after a career in Ceylon...

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Greengrocers & Fruiterers

Greengrocers & Fruiterers

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Chief among the greengrocers and fruiterers of Bradford was George Brown, who went on to build up a large business that eventually outgrew its premises and moved to Trowbridge and still exists. The advertisement is from 1911, when he was selling from two of what are now known as Pippet Buildings in Market Street.

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Canal Quarry, Frome Road

Canal Quarry, Frome Road

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Canal Quarry had a special significance in the history of science. It was one of the places in the area where the Bradford Clay was found and the fossils that were collected there in the early nineteenth century found their way into collections...

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The Hall, Holt Road

The Hall, Holt Road

The Hall, situated on the eastern outskirts of the town, is one of the most important of Bradford on Avon’s buildings.

A house existed here in the mid-13th century and the family who owned it took their name of Hall from it. John Leland, who was reporting on the state of the nation for King Henry VIII,...

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