The Museum Collection: Cobblers and Cordwainers

The Museum Collection: Cobblers and Cordwainers

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Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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Cordwainers made boots, shoes and other articles from leather and are named after the Spanish city of Córdoba, which was famed for its leather workers. Generally they just referred to...

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The Museum Collection: House and Home

The Museum Collection: House and Home

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Heating

A cast iron Bath-pattern fire grate from the end of the 18th century. Coal became relatively cheap from about that time and through the 19th century and much of the 20th century. It came from a building in Silver Street, Bradford which was once a...

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The Museum Collection: Church and Chapel

The Museum Collection: Church and Chapel

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One of the largest objects in the Museum is the pulpit from Providence Baptist Chapel in Bearfield, Bradford. It was made of pitch pine as part of the furnishings when the chapel opened in 1858. The congregation of the chapel was always small and dwindled to the extent that it closed in the early 1980s. The...

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Old Photographs: The Shambles

As one of the most picturesque corners of Bradford on Avon the Shambles figures strongly  in old postcards. This was the area of the medieval market place and would originally have been temporary stalls (Old English scammel) put up for market and fair days. Eventually permanent stalls came, followed by houses. The Market Hall, with Town Hall on the upper floor was on the...

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Old Photographs: Street scenes

Old Photographs: Street scenes

Views of the town’s streets tend to be from postcards or photographs taken by visitors or those interested in the picturesque. Photographs of the Town Bridge and Saxon Church are most popular of course. Images of the less picturesque parts are rare, but these are the most likely to have changed.

Market Street Silver Street The Shambles Church Street The Town...

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Old Photographs: Music and dancing

Old Photographs: Music and dancing

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Eddie Purnell’s Band performing at a dance at the Assembly Hall of the works of the Royal Enfield company at Westwood during the Second World War. Enfield moved into redundant...

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Old Photographs: Sport and Recreation

Old Photographs: Sport and Recreation

Groups of people with a common interest tend to have photographs taken regularly, often each year, so pictures of groups like sports teams and choirs are relatively common. Frequently the Museum does not know the identity of all the members in the pictures -can anybody...

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The Museum Collection: Health

The Museum Collection: Health

A large part of the Museum’s collection is concerned with health, in the form of the Christopher pharmacy collection, but there are other items as well.

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The dentist’s sign (left) was found in a garden in Trowbridge Road. It is carved from a slab of Carrara marble and...

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The Museum Collection: Recreation and sport

The Museum Collection: Recreation and sport

Look at >old photographs of sports and recreation

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The Cyclists’ Touring Club sign came from the outside wall of the former New Bear Hotel in Silver Street, Bradford. In the late 19th century cycling opened up a new world of travelling for people who...

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Old photographs: Football

Old photographs: Football

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The Bradford Crusaders 2nd XI football team for the season 1925-1926. The team consisted of members of the Crusaders Club which was connected to Christ...

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Museum Collection: World War 1

Museum Collection: World War 1

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Blackout measures against the risk of night bombing is something that is associated more with the second war than the first. This air-raid precautions poster was sent to the Spencer Moulton rubber works in Bradford in 1915 and gives detailed instructions for cutting down on light under the authority of the...

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Bradford on Avon Co-op

Bradford on Avon  Co-op

 

Bradford-on-Avon Industrial & Provident Society Ltd

At one time Bradford almost seemed to have been ruled by its co-operative society which was founded in 1861. Its shops covered the town and sold every commodity except antiques. The headquarters were in Whitehill, alongside the co-op bakery, while the main shop was in Silver Street. A butcher and...

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Wine, beer and spirit merchants

Chemist shops also sold wine, beer and spirits. The Christopher pharmacy, which is recreated in Bradford on Avon Museum, had a licence to sell alcohol up to the end. The chemists Thomas & Emanuel Taylor in Silver Street gradually turned over to become wine merchants and gave up the chemist side of their business. In about 1880 they opened a big new shop with warehouse behind on the...

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Tailors and outfitters

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Haberdashers

Haberdashers

Haberdashers traditionally sold items related to sewing and tailoring, such as thread, ribbons, buttons, zips and other fastenings. They probably descended from the itinerant peddlers who came to markets and fairs. Goodall’s shop in Silver Street, Bradford sold all these things as well as cloth and made-up clothing. When it closed at the beginning of the 21st century, items of its stock...

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Bakers and Confectioners

Bakers and Confectioners

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The delivery van of baker H.J. Penny, outside Christchurch in Bath Road

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Bakers used to be found on almost every street in the town and villages. The...

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Butchers

Butchers

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The blade of this meat cleaver was made from a piece of Great Western rail for a retiring signalman.

James Carter outside his shop at...

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Grocers

Grocers

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Originally a grocer was a merchant who bought goods, usually dry goods like tea, sugar and spices, in bulk for resale in smaller quantities. Gradually bottled and tinned goods were added to the list of goods and grocers’ shops often dealt in candles and corn as well. They frequently called...

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Winsley Sanatorium

Winsley Sanatorium

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .

In the 1890s a consortium of health officers from the counties of Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Bristol decided that the old quarries at Murhill, Winsley would be the ideal place to site a hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis...

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Bradford on Avon People

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