St Nicholas Church, Winsley

St Nicholas Church, Winsley

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .

The church at Winsley was originally one of the chapels of the mother church of the large parish of Holy Trinity, Bradford. The date of the first building here is unknown and the first surviving record of it seems to be from 1349, although there is mention of Bradford possessing unnamed chapels  in...

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Some Winsley objects in the Museum Collection

Some Winsley objects in the Museum Collection

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .. A child’s sarcophagus (stone coffin) which was found in a field near Parsonage Farm, Winsley. It was originally carved from a single block of limestone, but had been broken into several pieces by ploughing. The lid, which would have been another single piece of stone, was not found. It...

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Atworth Roman Villa

Atworth Roman Villa

. A large Roman villa was discovered by ploughing in the 1930s in the north of Atworth parish, close to the London-Bath Roman road. Some excavations were carried out in 1937 and in 1938, uncovering the east wing and part of the main house on the northern side of a wide courtyard. More excavations took place in the years 1970 to 1975 which uncovered...

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New Acquisition: Holt Football Club

New Acquisition: Holt Football Club

. Among recent items that have entered the collection of Bradford on Avon Museum is this photograph. It is a group record of members of the Holt Football Club and was taken after they won the Trowbridge District League in the season 1906-1907. The club was the earliest to be formed in Wiltshire under Football Association rules, in 1864 and still...

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Old Pictures: South Wraxall

Old Pictures: South Wraxall

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The parish church of St James, originally a chapel of Bradford’s large ancient parish. The picture is from an old postcard that bears the name of P.E. Andrews, who was operating as a photographer in Bradford in the first decade of the 20th century, later under...

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Cumberwell

Cumberwell

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An estate of Cumberwell, already separated from the Manor of Bradford, was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086. The manor became part of the Liberty of Castle Combe and descended with it through the Middle Ages. The name seems to suggest that there may have been remnants, or at...

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Bradford Hundred People: Rev Edward Spencer

Rev Edward Spencer had been the Rector of St Mary’s, Wingfield for 43 years when he died on 9th February 1819 in his 80th year. He was succeeded as Rector by his son Thomas, who died in 1842 at 68. Besides his duties at the church Edward ran a small boarding school in the big Rectory house next to the church. Among his pupils...

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The Museum Collection: the Wadman Trophy

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The rose bowl trophy was awarded in 1908 to William James Wadman (1887-1954) of Stowford, Wingfield for shooting. He was a member of the Rood Ashton-Malmesbury troop of the Wiltshire Yeomanry.

It was presented to him by Sir Vincent and Lady Caillard – Sir Vincent Henry...

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Explore Wingfield

Explore Wingfield

Wingfield, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The only remaining medieval part of the Parish Church of St Mary is the 15th century battlemented west tower, with pierced stone bell chamber windows. The rest was rebuilt...

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Trowle

Trowle

Trowle was a tithing of the Bradford Hundred that lay to the south of the town. The actual land area presents some difficulties, because there were two manors: Great and Little Trowle. The boundaries of the grant of Bradford to Shaftesbury Abbey in 1001 seems to include both, defined in the south by the line of the River Biss and then, from Trowle Bridge, up its tributary...

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Woolley

Woolley

Woolley is a hamlet, or now rather a suburb, to the north-east of Bradford. Houses are grouped around a triangular green, now on the route of heavy traffic, and along a street that connects it with Bradford. Woolley, usually coupled with Leigh, formed one of the Tithings of the Hundred.

Its name is more probably derived from a clearing that was associated with a Saxon...

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Rowley and Wittenham

Rowley and Wittenham

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The Bradford Hundred manors of Rowley and Wittenham ceased to exist some time ago; Wittenham especially seems to be completely lost.

Wittenham was mentioned as being on the border of the Bradford land that was given to Shaftesbury Abbey in 1001 and appears in Domesday Book as Withenham where...

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Explore Limpley Stoke

Explore Limpley Stoke

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The Church of St Mary, previously dedicated to St Edith of Wilton, lies in a strange position, right on the boundary of the ancient parish of Bradford and of Wiltshire. The nave and perhaps lower parts of...

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Old Pictures: Limpley Stoke

Old Pictures: Limpley Stoke

Limpley Stoke, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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. A lithograph made from a drawing or painting by Bradford artist Elizabeth Tackle in the late 1840s or early 1850s. Browne’s Folly tower, built in 1848, is visible in the distance, but the railway of 1857 was yet to be made. In the...

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Kelston

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Kelston, a village on the north-western side of Bath in Somerset, was, like Bradford on Avon, a manor that belonged to the Abbey of Shaftesbury in the Middle Ages. It seems to have been run as a part of the Abbey’s holdings in Bradford, although little contemporary...

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Bradford Leigh

Bradford Leigh

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .

Bradford Leigh is an area to the north of the town which now, because of boundary changes, is partly in Bradford, partly in South Wraxall and partly in Holt. The name Leigh suggests that it started as a Saxon clearing in woodland. It was a Tithing of the Bradford Hundred, paired with Woolley. Fairfield, between...

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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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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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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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