Old Photographs: Bowls

Old Photographs: Bowls

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Bradford Rowing Club laid out a two-rink bowling green next to their boathouse for non-rowing members in 1912. The green was enlarged to three, then to four rinks. In 1957 the Rowing Club Bowls Section became Bradford on Avon Bowling Club and in 1966 moved to the new green that was provided on the other side of the river by Wiltshire County...

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Old Photographs: Cricket

Old Photographs: Cricket

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Group photographs of cricket teams seem to be less common than those of football teams.

The Wiltshire Times on 26th June 1880 reported a meeting was held at the Swan Hotel for the purpose of forming a town cricket club.

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Museum Collection: Neolithic Flint Implements

Museum Collection: Neolithic Flint Implements

Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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The Neolithic Period (New Stone Age, roughly from 4000 to 2500 BC) was marked by the first introduction of farming, both in growing crops and keeping domesticated animals. Large areas of the country were cleared of ancient woodland to make fields, but hunting and gathering still went on. Metal tools...

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Old Photographs: The Rubber Works

Old Photographs: The Rubber Works

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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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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Museum Publication: The Christopher Pharmacy

Museum Publication: The Christopher Pharmacy

The first of Bradford on Avon Museum’s booklets has now been published, in conjunction with publishers Bed and Bolster.

The all-colour booklet details the history of the chemist shop that now forms the centrepiece of the Museum and gives an idea of how its business was carried out.

The booklet sells at £2 and is available in the Museum and from the Tourist Information...

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Old Photographs: People

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Old Photographs: Outings

Photographs of groups of Bradford people on day trips. Usually these were held annually and the destination was dictated by the range of the transportation at the time. Stamper’s charabancs in the 1920s had solid tyres and a speed limit of 12 mph, so Salisbury or Wilton were within comfortable reach with time to wander around and visit a few pubs...

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The Museum Collection: Tailors and Outfitters

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Local Government and Services

Local Government and Services

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A fireman’s helmet belonging to a volunteer in the Bradford on Avon  fire brigade in the 1930s. During the Second World War a National Fire Service was formed; after it stood down in 1945  a branch of Wiltshire County Council’s Fire Brigade was set up in Bradford. It was, and still is,...

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Glass bottles: Tincture Rounds

Glass bottles: Tincture Rounds

Tincture rounds are cylindrical glass bottles that are designed to hold the liquid tinctures the chemist extracted from plant material. They have narrow necks with ground glass stoppers. Tinctures were chemical extracted by immersing leaves, roots, wood or bark in liquid with a content of more than 40% ethanol (alcohol), leaving the mixture for a couple of weeks, shaking occasionally...

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Glass bottles: Ether Rounds

Glass bottles: Ether Rounds

Ether rounds are cylindrical bottles that are designed to hold volatile liquids that are likely to blow their stoppers out. They have a cover of glass, like this one, or of metal to make sure the stopper is not lost or even to allow it to fall back into place.

This bottle is labelled GYCER:BORACIS, glycerine of borax and has a glass pouring stopper under the glass...

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Cosmetics and Perfumes

Cosmetics and Perfumes

Richard Christopher spent some time in Singapore after he qualified as a pharmacist, returning via Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India. When he came to Bradford on Avon in 1908 to work the shop he immediately started to develop a range of perfumes, soaps and cosmetics based on the scents and flavours he discovered in the East.

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Old photographs: Events

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Bradford Carnival

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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: Carpentry

The Museum Collection: Carpentry

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This small table was made from oak timbers that were removed from Bradford’s ancient  Saxon Church of St Laurence at the time when it was being restored in the 1870s.

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Medicine Bottles

Medicine Bottles

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Richard Christopher supplied the liquid medicines to his customers in glass bottles, often with dose graduations, usually in teaspoons, on the side. He had drawers full of printed labels for all sorts of medicines and bearing his name.

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The Museum Collection: Gas fittings

The Museum Collection: Gas fittings

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In the 19th century the gas-fitter’s work was mainly concerned with lighting, with cooking and heating coming on eventually much later. Bradford’s Gas & Coke Works in Frome Road opened in 1834 and initially supplied street lighting, but slowly the network expanded.

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Branded Medicines

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The Christopher chemist shop

Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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The chemist shop, specially late in its life, always sold medicines made by others. Often in the early days these proprietary medicines were of the cure-all sort or tonics. By the late 20th century increasing...

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Non-medical stock

Non-medical stock

Chemist shops, as the name implies, dealt in all sorts of chemicals and products that had a origin relating to chemical processes- hence photography, household cleaners, soap, insecticides and even alcoholic drinks.

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Many dry products came in cardboard cylinders with tinned steel tops and bases like this...

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Veterinary medicines and equipment

Veterinary medicines and equipment

As well as supplying medicines for people, the chemist made and sold medicines for domestic and farm animals.

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R.T. Christopher sold medicines to the public for their pets. These...

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