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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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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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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