Old Photographs: Street scenes

Old Photographs: Street scenes

Views of the town’s streets tend to be from postcards or photographs taken by visitors or those interested in the picturesque. Photographs of the Town Bridge and Saxon Church are most popular of course. Images of the less picturesque parts are rare, but these are the most likely to have changed.

Market Street Silver Street The Shambles Church Street The Town...

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Explore Bradford: Barton Orchard

Explore Bradford: Barton Orchard

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Barton Orchard runs from the top of Church Street and from Newtown down to Barton Bridge. It must have been one of the routes that led to the Abbey of Shaftesbury’s grange at Barton Farm.

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Explore Bradford: Newtown

Explore Bradford: Newtown

Newtown was a new development in the second half of the 17th century on land that belonged to the Methuen family, who then lived in the building later known as The Priory. After the first building lease was issued in 1661, the progress of development was slow and patchy, with houses built on individual parcels of land at various dates until the beginning of the 19th century. The oldest...

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Explore Bradford: Barton Farm

Explore Bradford: Barton Farm

Barton Farm, on the southern side of the town, beside the river Avon, was the grange farm of the Abbey of Shaftesbury’s estate of Bradford.

It was developed in the middle ages around a central square with a huge barn, granary, smaller barns and a farmhouse. Together they form one of the most complete medieval farm complexes in the...

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Explore Bradford: Market Street

Explore Bradford: Market Street

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Market Street runs from the bridge and up the hill northwards, in the direction of Bath. It was only named as such in the mid-19th century, when the market moved from Silver Street. The lowest bit was called Horse Street (from an old word...

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Explore Bradford: Church Street, south side

Explore Bradford: Church Street, south side

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The Swan Hotel has the frontage of a Georgian house with a first floor “venetian” window, despite the date 1500 in the pediment. There may be some internal features of an earlier building and there has certainly been a hotel here for some time; a court was held “apud signum...

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Explore Bradford: Church Street, north side

Explore Bradford: Church Street, north side

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Bradford’s old Town Hall occupies the corner of Church and Market Streets. It was built in 1855 by a private company and leased to the council and held offices, council chamber which was also used for the Magistrates’ court and the police station. It was designed by Thomas Fuller of Bath, who went...

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