The Iron Duke has his hat on

The Iron Duke has his hat on

After years of planning, fund-raising and conservation work the historic Iron Duke calender machine has finally been reassembled by Dorothea Restorations of Bristol. It now sits on its concrete plinth next to Kingston House, in Kingston Road.

It sat out in the rain for a few days, but now has its stylish roof of COR-TEN weathering steel that is held up by temporary steel supports. The...

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New Booklet: The Domestic Woollen Industry

New Booklet: The Domestic Woollen Industry

. The next in our growing series of museum booklets is The Domestic Woollen Industry at Bradford-on-Avon, which has been written by Kenneth Rogers, a well-known expert on the West Wiltshire woollen cloth industry and former Archivist at the Wiltshire Record Office.

Beautifully illustrated, it details the early years of cloth...

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A Brewery Outing in 1899

A Brewery Outing in 1899

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The photograph shows the members of a party from the Newtown brewery of Willkins Brothers & Hudson on a trip to Ilfracombe on the north coast of Devon in July 1899. We haven’t yet found the exact location, but it is pretty reasonable to assume that it is a pub.

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Greenland Mills

Greenland Mills

The fall of water that is held up by Bradford Weir powered many of the mills and factories of the town. On the southern bank of the River Avon, at the far end of Bridge Street, was a group for factories known as Greenland, presumably so-called because of their relatively distant position from the town centre.

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Woollen Cloth Mills and Factories

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At times there were between 30 and 40 buildings that were engaged in the various processes woollen cloth manufacture in Bradford and the Hundred, ranging from large factories down to small workshops. Many have not survived, of course.

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Winsley Quarries

Winsley Quarries

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Murhill Quarries lie to the west of the village of Winsley, on the edge of the plateau level. A larger upper quarry was in 1905 the site for the Winsley Sanatorium, now Avon Park retirement village.

Stone from Murhill was used for the façade of Bristol Temple Meads...

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Westwood Quarries

Westwood Quarries

Westwood, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .

The steep hillside above Avoncliff has been extensively quarried for Bath Stone. Underground workings that cover large areas open from adits near the top.

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Avoncliff Quarry, despite not being worked for a long time, retains...

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Stone Quarrying

Hundred of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .

The Cotswold Hills around Bradford have been quarried for limestone from the Roman period and even earlier. In the early days most of the stones used were those that were coarse and shelly and weathered well. For high-prestige buildings, such as churches, more expensive ashlar was used. Ashlar is freestone...

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Bradford Quarries

Bradford Quarries

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Stone quarries can be found all round Bradford town, including extensive underground workings.

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Bridge Street Quarry had an area of open working, with an adit that went into the hillside under St Margaret’s Hill. These workings must have been cut through by...

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Limpley Stoke Quarries

Limpley Stoke Quarries

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Although there are signs of small-scale quarrying around the hill that forms most of Limpley Stoke, the main working is underground. Stoke Quarry is operated by the Bath Stone Group. Recent use of Stoke stone can be seen in the modern Bath Spa building and the facing of the Southgate development in...

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Royal Enfield Motorcycles

Royal Enfield Motorcycles

Westwood and Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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In June 1941, during the Second World War, part of the Royal Enfield Company moved from Redditch in Worcestershire to old underground stone workings at Westwood Quarry. In the safety of the quarry the firm carried out the manufacture of Type 3 predictor...

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Holt Leather Industry

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The J. & T. Beaven leather and glove company was founded, according to tradition, in Holt in 1770, although members of the family seem to have been working leather there for some time before. It became a limited company in 1919 with a capital of £50,000 and operated a wool department until 1954 and leather glove-making...

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Beavens’ of Holt Oral History Project

Beavens’ of Holt Oral History Project

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The Museum’s Oral History Group is embarking on a project to record memories of the J.&T. Beaven leather and glove factory in Holt. They are hoping to find and interview as many former workers  as possible.

Anybody who would like to help should telephone Jenny Arkell on 01225 782061.

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Old Photographs: The Rubber Works

Old Photographs: The Rubber Works

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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The Museum Collection: the woollen cloth industry

The Museum Collection: the woollen cloth industry

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Al the toun of Bradeford stondith by clooth-making -John Leland c1540

Much of Bradford’s past prosperity and many of the fine buildings in the town and vicinity were due to the woollen cloth industry. Visitors who have heard...

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The Museum Collection: the Rubber Industry

The Museum Collection: the Rubber Industry

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Bradford on Avon was the birthplace of a pioneering rubber industry. In 1848 Stephen Moulton, an Englishman living in New York and a friend of Charles Goodyear, came back and set up a factory to apply Goodyear’s discovery of vulcanisation in the redundant Kingston Mill. Moulton merged with a London company later in...

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Old photographs: Work

Old photographs: Work

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The staff of William Dotesio’s printing works  outside the building in Silver Street in the 1920s. The firm was first Dotesio & Todd, in the 1890s as printers and account book manufacturers of Bradford and of Lowestoft in Norfolk. In the later 20th century, after William’s death in 1947, it...

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The Museum Collection: Brewing

The Museum Collection: Brewing

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Brewing beer went from the small-scale of brewhouses at the back of the pub to a large industry in Bradford in the 19th century. Three common brewers -those supplying a number of pubs- were operating here at one time.

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The Museum Collection: quarrying and stone-masons

The Museum Collection: quarrying and stone-masons

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .

Bradford on Avon Museum is building up a collection of the specialised tools that were used in quarrying stone, usually under the ground, or shaping the stone blocks in the workshop of a banker mason at the quarry and by a builder mason on site.

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The Museum Collection: Iron & brass foundry

The Museum Collection: Iron & brass foundry

Bradford on Avon Museum has a collection of cast iron objects that were made by the three iron foundries that worked in the town. Mostly these are items of street furniture: gully gratings, manhole covers and stop valve covers. Although the Museum is fortunate to have them, they are better displayed in situ in Bradford’s streets. However, they are quickly being...

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