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St Laurence School Roman Villa

St Laurence School Roman Villa

It had long been known that there was significant Roman building in the Budbury area, on the plateau just north of the centre of Bradford. An excavation in 1976, when new houses were being built, found a bath house, so the villa house had to be nearby.

A fragment of plaster that had fallen from the walls of the bath house. Many of these pieces were conserved in a...

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Explore Broughton Gifford

Explore Broughton Gifford

Broughton Gifford, in the Hundred of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Situated on the southern edge of the village, St Mary’s Church has a west tower in 15th century perpendicular style, while the body is 13th century Early English gothic with an arcade on the north of the nave. A south chapel was added c1300 and...

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Explore Bradford on Avon: Ashley Road

Explore Bradford on Avon: Ashley Road

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Former Upper Bearfield Farmhouse, Ashley Road

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Ashley Road runs from the Bath Road to the hamlet of Ashley in the parish of Winsley. The first part is behind the old terraces of Bearfield,...

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Explore Bradford: Silver Street, southern side

Explore Bradford: Silver Street, southern side

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The Lamb Factory, beside the Town Bridge, was built in 1917 for the Spencer Moulton rubber company on the site of the old Lamb Inn and a small shop. It is faced with stone, but has a frame utilising an early system of reinforced concrete. It was converted to new uses, including a small Budgens (now Co-op) supermarket, housing and a...

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Explore Bradford: Silver Street, northern side

Explore Bradford: Silver Street, northern side

The first building on Silver Street and just around into Horse Street (Market Street) is known as Ward’s Corner after the newsagent and stationer Atkinson Ward, whose wife Elizabeth Rebecca Ward was a writer under the name of Fay Inchfawn. No 2 was the shoe shop of Mark Uncles before his son Rowland moved it up Market Street.

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Explore Bradford: Whitehead’s Lane

Explore Bradford: Whitehead’s Lane

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Whitehead’s Lane is a short street that goes up hill from Silver Street at around the point where the chapel of St Olave once stood. It is named after Manasseh Whitehead, a 17th century Quaker and the modern Quaker Meeting House is located...

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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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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...

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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...

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Explore Bradford: Bath Road

Explore Bradford: Bath Road

Bath Road, Masons Lane and Mount Pleasant.

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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...

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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.

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Old Photographs: The Rubber Works

Old Photographs: The Rubber Works

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Views of the works of the Spencer Moulton rubber company’s Kingston Mills, mostly from just after the First World War.

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Explore Bradford: Belcombe

Explore Bradford: Belcombe

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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...

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Old Pictures: Church and Chapel

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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 before the redevelopment of the factory buildings

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...

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Explore Bradford: Woolley Street & Holt Road

Explore Bradford: Woolley Street & Holt Road

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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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