Bradford People: Rev Richard Warner

Bradford People: Rev Richard Warner

. Rev Richard Warner BA, FLS (1763-1857) was Rector of Great Chalfield from 1809 until his death. He was an antiquarian who wrote many books on topography and history, including Hampshire Extracted from Domesday, History of the Isle of Wight, History of Bath, and History of the Abbey of Glastonbury. He had an interest in...

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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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Bradford People: Lord Westbury

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Sir Richard Luttrell Pilkington Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury (1800-1873) was born in what is now called Westbury House in St Margaret’s Street, the son of Dr Richard Bethell. He became a lawyer, was made Queen’s Council in 1840 and Solicitor-General in 1852, when he was also knighted. He was MP for...

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Bradford People: General Shrapnel

Bradford People: General Shrapnel

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Lieutenant-General Henry Shrapnel (1761- 1842) was a soldier whose name has passed into the English language as the word for pieces of metal thrown out by an explosion. He was born in Bradford as a member of a family of clothiers, many of whom have memorials in the parish...

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Bradford People: Lord Fitzmaurice

Edmond George Petty-Fitzmaurice, 1st Baron Fitzmaurice (1846-1935) was a son of the 4th Marquis of Lansdowne and a Liberal politician, an MP from 1868-1885 and 1898-1906. He retired to Leigh House in Bradford and is remembered for his involvement in many local organisations, especially for the school which became...

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Bradford People: Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce

Mildred Mary Petre (1895-1990), better known by her married name of the Honourable Mrs Victor Bruce, was a pioneer female aviator. She was born in Chelmsford, Essex, but lived in Newtown, Bradford from 1950 to 1985. She was attracted by speed and mechanical transport from an early age and was the...

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Bradford People: the Moultons

Stephen Moulton (1794-1880) was the man who brought rubber production to Bradford on Avon. He was born in Whorlton, County Durham, but was living in New York in the 1840s when he met Charles Goodyear, who had discovered a method of vulcanising rubber -a process which turned rubber from a substance that was sticky...

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Old Photographs: The Church Lads’ Brigade

Old Photographs: The Church Lads’ Brigade

The Church Lads’ Brigade was a Church of England organisation that was first set up in 1891. A Bradford on Avon Company had come into existence by 1907 and was associated with Christ Church and with O.P. Skrine. Osmund Percy Skrine (1858-1924) was the seventh son of Henry Duncan Skrine of Warleigh Manor, Bathford and moved to Kingsfield Grove in Bradford in 1905 after a career in Ceylon...

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Greengrocers & Fruiterers

Greengrocers & Fruiterers

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Chief among the greengrocers and fruiterers of Bradford was George Brown, who went on to build up a large business that eventually outgrew its premises and moved to Trowbridge and still exists. The advertisement is from 1911, when he was selling from two of what are...

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Bradford People: Joseph Chaning Pearce (1811-1847)

Bradford People: Joseph Chaning Pearce (1811-1847)

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Joseph Chaning Pearce, in the course of a short life, built up one of the largest collections of fossils in the country in the early nineteenth century.

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Churches and Chapels in Bradford

Churches and Chapels in Bradford

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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No remains of a Christian church in the Roman period have yet been found, but it has been suggested that a circular structure built on top of a mosaic floor in the St Laurence School Roman Villa was a palaeo-Christian baptistery.

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Schools in Bradford

Schools in Bradford

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Schooling was provided by the priest of Thomas Horton’s chantry from 1524 and survived the chantry’s dissolution in 1540, however its funds were appropriated from the Crown in 1559 towards funding a school in Salisbury. Rents on some pieces of land were given over by Edward Norton [Horton?] to support the foundation of a Grammar School...

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Public Houses in Bradford on Avon

Public Houses in Bradford on Avon

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Public houses come and go over the centuries; unfortunately, at the moment it is mostly go. They also have a habit of changing their names at the whim of the owner or publican, which sometimes makes for a confusing historical record. Small beer retailers, usually a...

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People: Elizabeth Tackle (1808-1877)

People: Elizabeth Tackle (1808-1877)

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Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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The Bradford artist Elizabeth Ann Hamlyn was born in Bandon, near Cork in Ireland, the daughter of an army officer who was serving there. Her father moved the family to Holt in 1817 and he became the...

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The Museum Collection: Horse-riding

The Museum Collection: Horse-riding

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The cultivation of horses and riding are expanding in this, as in other areas of the country. Bradford on Avon Museum holds items relating to the Save the Children Fund Gymkhana, which was an annual fixture between 1976 and 1990, raising funds for charity. For most of the time it was held in a field belonging to John...

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Old Photographs: Events

Old Photographs: Events

In the photographic record on Bradford in the 20th century are numerous processions and parades. In the days before television and internet, instead of being able to see great events in London, the people would hold their own versions to mark such occasions as royal funerals and coronations. Then there were the locally-grown...

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Old Photographs: Motorcycling

Old Photographs: Motorcycling

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Members of Bradford Motorcycle Club posing for a group photograph in Druce’s Hill, Church Street. Many of them have sidecars for conveying wife/girlfriend and child. No helmets are worn, but most of the drivers have goggles. The date would be after the...

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Bradford Voices

Bradford Voices

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A new edition of the oral history book “Bradford voices” by Margaret Dobson has been published. It has been expanded to cover the years from 1997, when the previous version came out, and the first decade of the 21st century and contains many new illustrations including several from Bradford on Avon Museum’s collection.

It...

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J. Alex Brown: ironmonger and hardware shop

J. Alex Brown: ironmonger and hardware shop

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The shop in Silver Street was started as an ironmonger by John Brown in 1853 and continued under his son John Alexander Brown (1863-1937). It is still known as J. Alex Brown, although it has been under different ownerships.  The Glass and cast-iron fronted...

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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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