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

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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

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. Most towns and many villages have a Silver Street; various guesses have been made about the origin of the name. Silver Street in...

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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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Old photographs: Events

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Bradford Carnival

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The Museum Collection: Cobblers and Cordwainers

The Museum Collection: Cobblers and Cordwainers

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Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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Cordwainers made boots, shoes and other articles from leather and are named after the Spanish city of Córdoba, which was famed for its leather workers. Generally they just referred to...

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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 Town Bridge

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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...

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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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Old Photographs: St Margaret’s Street

Old Photographs: St Margaret’s Street

see St Margaret’s Street today

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A flood in St Margaret’s Street with the water reaching right up to number 5. It was probably in the late 1890s. George Bush & Sons were carriage builders at number 4 from the the 1880s until the beginning of the 20th century. The building was...

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Old Images: Silver Street

Old Images: Silver Street

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Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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Walter Henry Willson’s chemist shop, his assistant and sons in the 1890s. It had been opened by George Marks in 1828 and still retained his name above the door after...

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Old Photographs: Newtown

Old Photographs: Newtown

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Look at Newtown today

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The Bell Inn as it was in about 1960 complete with its 3-dimensional sign of a bell on a wrought iron bracket. It closed just a few years later and was...

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Old Photographs: The Shambles

As one of the most picturesque corners of Bradford on Avon the Shambles figures strongly  in old postcards. This was the area of the medieval market place and would originally have been temporary stalls (Old English scammel) put up for market and fair days. Eventually permanent stalls came, followed by houses. The Market Hall, with Town Hall on the upper floor was on the...

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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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Old photographs: Market Street

Old photographs: Market Street

Look at Market Street today

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Looking up Market Street from outside the Swan Hotel in about 1900. The traffic consists of a horse-drawn wagon, perhaps laden with sacks of wool, accompanied by two pedestrians. The Town Hall (left) has a nice gas light, but the stonework is...

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Old photographs of Bradford: general views

Old photographs of Bradford: general views

Views over the town in the early 20th century.

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A view from the fields west of Barton Farm, looking northwards towards the Wine Street and Budbury area of the town. Just right of the centre is the Wilkins Brothers’ brewery with a smoking chimney. Above the brewery are cottages in Tory Place that...

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Explore Bradford: Barton Orchard

Explore Bradford: Barton Orchard

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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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