Floods

Floods

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The River Avon at Bradford on Avon has always been liable to burst its banks. The river rises quickly with heavy rainfall and usually falls just as quickly after a brief flood.

It spills fairly harmlessly over the floodplain above Bradford, with the roads to Staverton Bridge becoming inundated very easily. At Bradford it is...

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The Medieval Period

The Medieval Period

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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In Britain the Medieval Period, the Middle Ages, covers the time from the end of the Roman occupation in the 5th century until the beginning of the Tudor Dynasty in 1485.

Bradford on Avon enters history in 652 when Cenwalh, the Saxon King of Wessex fought a battle here. The area was dominated from 1001 to...

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Journal Articles

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This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are bound to be missing articles- let us know!

WAM stands for the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine.

Guardian Angel is the publication of the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust...

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Bradford 1900 Map

Bradford 1900 Map

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Bradford 1924 Map

Bradford 1924 Map

The centre of Bradford as mapped by the Ordnance Survey in 1924.

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Holt in 1841

Holt in 1841

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Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The old centre of Holt as mapped by the Bristol surveyor George Culley Ashmead in the late 1830s for the Tithe Apportionment of Bradford Parish. The elm tree on Ham Green was even then big enough to be marked. The woollen cloth factory buildings can be...

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Dotesio’s Cycling and Rambling Map

Dotesio’s Cycling and Rambling Map

 

 

 

 

Dotesio & Todd were printers and publishers with premises in Silver Street, Bradford and had acquired an outlet in Trowbridge as well. This map is entitled “Dotesio’s new touring, cycling, and rambling road map of forty miles about Bradford-on-Avon“. There is no date, but 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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Turnpike Roads of the Bradford Hundred

Turnpike Roads of the Bradford Hundred

 

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The roads of the Bradford Roads Trust are in red; other turnpike roads are in blue.

The first Bradford Road Act in 1752 authorised a Turnpike Trust to make, maintain and charge tolls on a road from Combe Bridge (at the boundary of Bradford with Monkton Combe, near the Viaduct) to Winsley, Bradford,  Staverton...

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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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Sources on the internet

 

Neil Mattingly’s Bradford on Avon site has huge amounts of pictures, reproductions and transcriptions of old documents. The National Monuments Record PastScape -archaeological and architectural heritage Bath in Time -photographs of Bradford and some of the villages Francis Frith -photographs from the postcard maker National Archives Family Search -the Mormon index of...

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A Bradford on Avon Bibliography

Books and booklets about Bradford on Avon and its surrounding area.

> articles in journals

Those in orange are available for purchase at the Museum

Alderslade, John & Porter, Trevor & Whitcombe, John 2000. Thirty years of the Pump: the story of the Village Pump Folk...

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Canals to Bradford on Avon

Canals to Bradford on Avon

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The Kennet & Avon Canal was fully opened in 1810, connecting the town to London in the east and Bristol to the west. The Somersetshire Coal Canal linked it to the North Somerset Coalfield and the Wilts & Berks Canal and North Wilts Canal gave easier access to the Midlands. The Dorset & Somerset Canal was intended to link the...

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The Bradford Manor Charter of 1001

A copy of the grant by King Æthelred II gives details of the boundary of the manor in 1001.

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The letter ð in the Anglo Saxon text represents a voiced “th”, as in “these”; so forð = forth.

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“Ærest of seuen pirien on ðere here wai, ðe schet suðward...

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The Bradford Hundred

The Bradford Hundred

A Hundred was the administrative division below that of the Shire, or County. The name was probably originally related to the area of land nominally required to support a hundred eligible families. Hundreds and Shires came into being in the Saxon period, perhaps as early as the 7th century.

The Bradford Hundred Court was held by the Abbess of Shaftesbury, but was in fact presided over...

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Bradford Hundred Timeline

c2000 BC: Early Bronze Age burial at Jugs Grave, Inwood

7th century BC: Early Iron Age Budbury hilfort

late 3rd century: Bradford and Atworth Roman villas built

652: King Cenwalh fought at Bradanforda be Afne

705: A monastery at Bradford mentioned by St Aldhelm

709: Death of St Aldhelm

955: King Eadred granted the Manor of Bradford to Nunnaminster...

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A Bradford-centric railway map

A Bradford-centric railway map

Bradford was well-served by railways, but was not really the hub of the system! The map shows lines and stations, some still functioning, some swept away by the Beeching axe in the 1960s.

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The River Avon

The River Avon

Bradford’s river is generally distinguished from other Avons as the Bristol Avon. The name derives from Welsh afon, which simply means river.

Its course is unusual. It begins as several streams flowing east down the dip slope of the Cotswold Hills. They should really join the upper Thames, but the Avon turns to the SW following a vale cut in soft clay. Just above Bradford it...

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