Explore Bradford on Avon: Coppice Hill

Explore Bradford on Avon: Coppice Hill

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

 

Coppice Hill (or Lane) is a short street that goes up hill from the old market place at the junction of Silver Street with The Shambles. It is lined with picturesque gabled houses, but does not go far before ending in front of what...

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Explore Bradford: White Hill and Sladesbrook

Explore Bradford: White Hill and Sladesbrook

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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...

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Explore Bradford: Junction Road

Explore Bradford: Junction Road

Junction Road was made in the late 19th century to join Frome Road and Trowbridge Road.

The building now known as Fitzmaurice Place was formerly Fitzmaurice Grammar School. The school was founded as the County Technical School, occupying temporary premises in Frome Road until this building opened in 1896. Its main funders, besides the County, were Lord...

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Explore Bradford: Beasor Street

Explore Bradford: Beasor Street

St Margaret’s Street, Morgan’s Hill (St Margaret’s Hill), St Margaret’s Place

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Beasor Street (also written Besoar and even Bazaar) is the old name for the stretch of what is now St Margaret’s Street between the almshouses and Junction Road; it was changed when the name St Margaret’s Street became...

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Explore Bradford: Bath Road

Explore Bradford: Bath Road

Bath Road, Masons Lane and Mount Pleasant.

The present road to Bath, the A363, was laid out as part of the Bradford Turnpike Trust in the 1790s. Before that there were various minor routes that headed in the direction of Bath, some of which are just represented by footpaths today.

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Christ Church graveyard

Christ Church graveyard

Christ Church was built in the 1840s to serve the northern fringes of the town.

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Holt Road Cemetery, Bradford

Holt Road Cemetery, Bradford

Holt Road Cemetery was set up by the Bradford Improvement Commissioners in 1856 as a non-denominational burial ground to relieve pressure on those in the town under the Burial Act of 1853. The buildings were designed by the Bath architect Thomas Fuller (1823-1886), who was also responsible for Bradford’s Town Hall, buildings in Bath and in Canada.

Below are photographs of some of...

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Explore Bradford: Belcombe

Explore Bradford: Belcombe

Newtown continues westwards in the direction of Avoncliff, Turleigh and Winsley as Belcombe Road.

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Wellclose House appears to be a large five-bay mansion on three floors and an attic, but the fine Georgian façade is only one room deep and is an addition to a 17th century house that lies behind...

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Explore Bradford: Trowbridge Road

Explore Bradford: Trowbridge Road

Not surprisingly Trowbridge Road is the one that leads towards Trowbridge. It starts as a continuation of Beasor Street, now part of St Margaret’s Street and runs straight to Widbrook, then over Trowle Common. There are groups of late Georgian/early Victorian houses, a long late Victorian terrace and post-war council housing.

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Explore Bradford: Kingston Road

Explore Bradford: Kingston Road

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Kingston Road turns off from Silver Street at the Old Market Place. It was previously called Mill Street and before that it seems to have been Frogmere Street. In medieval times it led to the mill that in later centuries developed into woollen cloth and then rubber factories.

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Explore Bradford: Woolley Street & Holt Road

Explore Bradford: Woolley Street & Holt Road

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Woolley Street continues on from Silver Street in the direction of Holt and Melksham. The name is a corruption of the name of the medieval St Olave’s chapel. The same happened when St Olave’s in Southwark became...

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Explore Bradford: Tory, Middle Rank & Budbury

Explore Bradford: Tory, Middle Rank & Budbury

Tory and Middle rank are terraces of houses on the hillside above Newtown, under the plateau of Budbury. They were developed piecemeal on land belonging to the Methuens, over a period from the 1690s until the 19th century. The name Tory refers to the old word tor, meaning a hill.

 

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Explore Bradford: The Canal Wharves

Explore Bradford: The Canal Wharves

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Past the Canal Tavern pub the Frome Road does a sharp double bend over a hump-back bridge which takes it across the Kennet & Avon Canal. Beneath the bridge is the first canal lock above Bath, which separates lower and upper canal wharves. The lower wharf mainly handled coal coming from the Somerset...

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Explore Bradford: Frome Road

Explore Bradford: Frome Road

Frome Road does lead in the direction of Frome, but was not called that until about the beginning of the 20th century. Until then it was part of St Margaret’s Street, of which it is the direct continuation.

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At the point where St Margaret’s Street and Frome Road diverge stand...

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Explore Bradford: Silver Street

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Silver Street runs from the northern end of the Town Bridge towards Holt and Melksham, to the northeast.

The first stretch of the road, from the bridge to Coppice Hill was known as Bridgefoot.

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Explore Bradford: Bridge Street

Explore Bradford: Bridge Street

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Bridge Street runs eastwards from the Town Bridge, along the southern side of the river. There is a line of old housing on the southern side at the town end, then a long gap before Greenland Mills, a group houses that replace old cloth mills at the weir.

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Explore Bradford: The Town Bridge

Explore Bradford: The Town Bridge

The bridge is at the centre of Bradford on Avon, the focus of all the roads. It is the icon of the town and has been chosen to figure in the logo of local organisations, including that of Bradford on Avon Museum.

A bridge was mentioned in the time of Edward II (1307-27), so it was perhaps built early in the 14th century to replace the broad ford that gives the town its...

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Old Photographs: The Priory

 The Priory was a late medieval mansion with later additions at the upper end of Market Street in Bradford on Avon.

The earliest parts were built in the latter part of the 15th century by Thomas Rogers, who was Sargeant-at-Law, a high-ranking legal official. The house would then have consisted of an open hall with wings at each end and a porch opening on to what is...

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St Margaret’s Street, western side

St Margaret’s Street, western side

St Margaret’s Street runs from the southern end of the Town Bridge. It formerly continued on the line that is now called Frome Road, but nowadays it turns off left behind Hall’s Almshouses and other buildings along what was Besoar Street. It takes its name from a now lost medieval St Margaret’s Hospital, which was founded in 1235.

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St Margaret’s Street, eastern side

St Margaret’s Street, eastern side

St Margaret’s Street runs from the southern end of the Town Bridge. It formerly continued on the line that is now called Frome Road, but nowadays it turns off left behind Hall’s Almshouses and other buildings along what was Besoar Street. It takes its name from a now lost medieval St Margaret’s Hospital,...

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