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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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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Old Photographs: Bowls

Old Photographs: Bowls

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Bradford Rowing Club laid out a two-rink bowling green next to their boathouse for non-rowing members in 1912. The green was enlarged to three, then to four rinks. In 1957 the Rowing Club Bowls Section became Bradford on Avon Bowling Club and in 1966 moved to the new green that was provided on the other side of the river by Wiltshire County...

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Christ Church graveyard

Christ Church graveyard

Christ Church was built in the 1840s to serve the northern fringes of the town.

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War Memorials

Memorials to those who died in the two World Wars of the 20th century (1914-1918 and 1939-1945) can be found in several places in Bradford and in the villages. Sometimes the village memorials also list all who served in the forces. Some organisations -churches, clubs, companies- have their own memorials to their members...

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Bradford Notables

Bradford Notables

Stephen Moulton (1794-1880) brought Charles Goodyear’s invention of rubber vulcanisation to England, setting up his factory at Kingston Mill in Bradford on Avon in 1848.

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John Moulton (1839-1925) was a son of Stephen Moulton,...

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Holt Road Cemetery, Bradford

Holt Road Cemetery, Bradford

Holt Road Cemetery was set up by the Bradford Improvement Commissioners in 1856 as a non-denominational burial ground to relieve pressure on those in the town under the Burial Act of 1853. The buildings were designed by the Bath architect Thomas Fuller (1823-1886), who was also responsible for Bradford’s Town Hall, buildings in Bath and in Canada.

Below are photographs of some of...

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Old Photographs: Music and dancing

Old Photographs: Music and dancing

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Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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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: Football

Old photographs: Football

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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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Local geologists

Local geologists

The country around the Bradford Hundred forms part of what has been called “The Cradle of English Geology” due to its association with William Smith, the “Father of English Geology” and many other founders of the science. It was around here that the order of strata was worked out.

Rev Richard Warner BA, FLS 1763-1857

Richard Warner was an antiquarian who...

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