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: Music and dancing

Old Photographs: Music and dancing

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Eddie Purnell’s Band performing at a dance at the Assembly Hall of the works of the Royal Enfield company at Westwood during the Second World War. Enfield moved into redundant...

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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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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: Sport and Recreation

Old Photographs: Sport and Recreation

Groups of people with a common interest tend to have photographs taken regularly, often each year, so pictures of groups like sports teams and choirs are relatively common. Frequently the Museum does not know the identity of all the members in the pictures -can anybody...

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The Museum Collection: Photography

The Museum Collection: Photography

One of the main activities of a chemist shop was the supply of films and chemicals and the processing of films for members of the public. Richard Christopher was himself a keen photographer.

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One of Richard Christopher’s own cameras was this Goertz stereoscopic camera (left). It...

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The Museum Collection: Prescription books

The Museum Collection: Prescription books

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The Christopher chemist shop

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The Museum possesses a complete run of prescription books for its chemist shop, from the day it opened in 1863 until the day it closed in 1986.

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The English Civil War

The English Civil War

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Civil War battle re-enactment in Bradford on Avon 2016

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The area around Bradford figured slightly in the English Civil War. Royalist troops under Sir Ralph Hopton are assumed to have crossed the Avon at Bradford and headed towards Bath, culminating in the Battle of Lansdown in July...

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The Museum Collection: Health

The Museum Collection: Health

A large part of the Museum’s collection is concerned with health, in the form of the Christopher pharmacy collection, but there are other items as well.

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The dentist’s sign (left) was found in a garden in Trowbridge Road. It is carved from a slab of Carrara marble and...

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The Museum Collection: Recreation and sport

The Museum Collection: Recreation and sport

Look at >old photographs of sports and recreation

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The Cyclists’ Touring Club sign came from the outside wall of the former New Bear Hotel in Silver Street, Bradford. In the late 19th century cycling opened up a new world of travelling for people who...

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The Museum Collection: Farming and horticulture

The Museum Collection: Farming and horticulture

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Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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There were once scores of farms of all sizes in the area around Bradford. Each one would have possessed numerous hand implements and machines relating to particular activities- digging and ploughing, keeping up ditches, hedges and dry-stone walls, animal...

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Old photographs: Football

Old photographs: Football

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The Bradford Crusaders 2nd XI football team for the season 1925-1926. The team consisted of members of the Crusaders Club which was connected to Christ...

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Old photographs: Winsley

Old photographs: Winsley

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire . Click on the thumbnail pictures for a bigger view

St Nicholas’ parish church in the 1920s or 1930s, but little changed today. Only the almost detached tower remains from the medieval building, which was a chapel of Holy Trinity church, Bradford; the hall-like church building dates...

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Old images: Atworth

Old images: Atworth

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The only old postcard of Atworth in the Museum’s collection shows St Michael and All Angels parish church, mostly hidden behind trees. Only the tower remains of the medieval church, which was a chapel of Bradford. The hall-like building alongside dates...

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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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Old photographs: Westwood

Old photographs: Westwood

Westwood, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The building on the Westwood side at Avoncliff was probably built in about 1795 as a dormitory complex for workers at the nearby woollen cloth mill. In 1835 it was converted into the Bradford Poor Law Union workhouse and...

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Old photographs: Monkton Farleigh

Old photographs: Monkton Farleigh

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Monkton Farleigh, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .

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Rose Cottage, a house near the church, seen in a photograph on a postcard that was published by the Phoebus...

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Old photographs: Holt

Old photographs: Holt

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Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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J. & T. Beavens’ leather factory (left) in the Midlands, Holt. James Beaven started a leather works in Holt in the early 18th century and the firm began making...

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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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