Explore Bradford: Newtown

Explore Bradford: Newtown

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Newtown, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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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...

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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...

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Explore Bradford: Church Street, south side

Explore Bradford: Church Street, south side

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Holy Trinity parish church

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The Swan Hotel has the frontage of a Georgian house with a first floor “venetian”...

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Explore Bradford: Church Street, north side

Explore Bradford: Church Street, north side

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Church Street connects the old market centre of the town with the area around Holy Trinity Church

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The former Town Hall, at the junction of Church and Market Streets

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Bakers and Confectioners

Bakers and Confectioners

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The delivery van of baker H.J. Penny, outside Christchurch in Bath Road

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Bakers used to be found on almost every street in the town and villages. The...

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The Bradford Manor Charter of 1001

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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A copy of the grant by King Æthelred II gives details of the boundary of the manor in 1001

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The letter ð in the Anglo Saxon text represents a voiced “th”, as in “this”

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The Manor of Bradford

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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In the Saxon period Bradford must have been part of the extensive estates which had been conquered from the British natives following the collapse of Roman rule. They were the property of the King of Wessex in the early days and they lay in a frontier zone with the...

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The Bradford Hundred

The Bradford Hundred

A Hundred was the administrative division below that of the Shire, or County. The name was probably originally related to the area of land nominally required to support a hundred eligible families. Hundreds and Shires came into being in the Saxon period, perhaps as early as the 7th century.

The Bradford Hundred Court was held by the Abbess of Shaftesbury, but was in fact presided over...

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Bradford Hundred Timeline

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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c2000 BC: Early Bronze Age burial at Jugs Grave, Inwood

7th century BC: Early Iron Age Budbury hilfort

late 3rd century: Bradford and Atworth Roman villas built

652: King Cenwalh fought at Bradanforda be Afne

705: A monastery at Bradford...

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Bradford on Avon People

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A Bradford-centric railway map

A Bradford-centric railway map

Bradford was well-served by railways, but was not really the hub of the system! The map shows lines and stations, some still functioning, some swept away by the Beeching axe in the 1960s.

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Bradford on Avon: An introduction

Bradford on Avon: An introduction

During more than two millennia a settlement has existed near the broad ford across the River Avon from which Bradford on Avon takes its name.

In the Early Iron Age a fort with dry-stone walls was built on top of the hill overlooking the ford. A large important Roman villa was later established nearby and there were other villas in the district.

Bradford first enters history in...

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