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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Explore Avoncliff

Explore Avoncliff

Westwood and Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

The hamlet of Avoncliff is shared by the parishes of Westwood, on the southern side of the River Avon and Winsley on the northern. It lies in a narrow part of the gorge-like valley, where a weir provided power for mills on both sides. The river, the Kennet & Avon...

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Holt Junction Station

Holt Junction Station

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Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Enamelled sign from the station, now in Bradford on Avon Museum

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The original plan of the Great Western...

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The Museum Collection: Holt

Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Bradford on Avon Museum holds the collection of objects relating to the parish of Holt that was assembled by the late Pam Gooding. Below are photographs of a selection of them and other items.

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South Wraxall Manor House

South Wraxall Manor House

.South Wraxall Manor House was started by the Long family in the 1420s  as an open hall house, with additions they made in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.

The house was used as a private boarding school run by a Dr F. Knight from 1817, when the school moved from Bradford, until 1826. Then it was empty off and on until 1900,...

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Explore South Wraxall

Explore South Wraxall

South Wraxall, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The church of St James in Upper South Wraxall has a tower dating from the beginning of the 14th century, with a saddle back roof and big stair turret. Much of the rest of the church was...

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Bradford Manor Map

Bradford Manor Map

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The area that was included in the Manor of Bradford that was given by King Æthelred II to Shaftesbury Abbey in 1001 is within the thick line. The dashed lines are the boundaries of the present parishes.

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The Holt Spa

The Holt Spa

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Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The commercial success of spa resorts like Bath and Buxton and on the Continent, like the original Spa in Belgium, inspired the hopeful development of numerous small spas. Taking the waters for...

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Explore Iford

Explore Iford

Iford is a hamlet that straddles the River Frome and the Wiltshire/Somerset border. The Manor House is on the Westwood side, with the mill on that of Hinton Charterhouse.

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Iford Manor House, seen from the bridge over the Frome, with a statue of Britannia that was placed there by Harold Peto. The front of the...

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Explore Westwood

Explore Westwood

Westwood, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire . Click on the photographs for a larger version

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St Mary’s Church was first mentioned in 1299, as a chapel of Bradford, but most of it is in the perpendicular style, of the late 15th century. Notable is the west tower with panelled...

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Explore Turleigh

Explore Turleigh

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Turleigh is a hamlet within the parish of Winsley, to the west of Bradford. It lies on the hillside between Winsley and the floor of the valley of the River Avon, reached by lanes down two steep-sided combes and by another that leads to Bradford. It is all residential now; shops,...

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Explore Winsley

Explore Winsley

Winsley, Bradford on Avon,Wiltshire

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Click on the photographs for a larger view The church of St Nicholas was a chapel of Bradford parish church. Only the tower of the mediaeval building remains; the body of church was rebuilt as a rectangular hall in 1841. The architect was Richard Shackleton Pope, who designed many...

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Explore Monkton Farleigh

Explore Monkton Farleigh

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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. St Peter’s parish church has a 12th century Norman romanesque south door and a plain 13th century west tower with hogsback roof. The rest was rebuilt in 1844 by the London architect T.H....

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Explore Holt

Explore Holt

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Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Click on the photographs for a larger version The present parish church of St Katharine was originally a chapel of Bradford’s Holy Trinity. Only the south porch doorway and the tower are medieval, in 15th century perpendicular...

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Explore Broughton Gifford

Explore Broughton Gifford

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Now situated on the southern edge of the village, St Mary’s Church has a west tower in 15th century perpendicular style, while the body is 13th century Early English gothic with an arcade on the north of the nave. A south chapel was added c1300 and next to it...

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Explore Atworth

Explore Atworth

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Atworth, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Atworth Manor House lies on the edge of the old village centre, on the lane to Bradford. It is of five bays and two storeys, faced in ashlar in an early 18th century style with...

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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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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Atworth parish church at the beginning of the 20th century on a postcard by the Bradford photographer P.E. Andrews of Phoebus Studio in St Margaret’s Street

 

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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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