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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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 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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