The Lost Milestone

The Lost Milestone

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The cast iron plate that was fixed to the milestone on the Bath Road in the dip between Cumberwell and Farleigh Wick has not been in place for a good many years. This was a pity because three others -in Market Street, at Widbrook and Trowle Common- still exist.

Luckily, it has now turned up and has been given to Bradford on Avon Museum. It...

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Museum Collection: Transport

Museum Collection: Transport

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A copper alloy button with the intertwined letters GWR. It would have dropped off the uniform of a Great Western Railway employee and was found in Sandy Leaze, which was a field that was built over in the 1960s.

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Old Photographs: Road Transport

Old Photographs: Road Transport

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The Bradford Roads Trust tollhouse at Holt in about 1880, around the time when the toll roads were being made free. The schedule of toll charges was painted on the board on the wall of building on the left, which is where the tolls were collected.

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Old Photographs: Motorcycling

Old Photographs: Motorcycling

. 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 beginning of 1912, when one of the bikes was registered.

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Royal Enfield Motorcycles

Royal Enfield Motorcycles

Westwood and Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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In June 1941, during the Second World War, part of the Royal Enfield Company moved from Redditch in Worcestershire to old underground stone workings at Westwood Quarry. In the safety of the quarry the firm carried out the manufacture of Type 3 predictor...

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Tollgates and Milestones

Tollgates and Milestones

. The costs of making and keeping up the turnpike roads were financed by charging tolls for their use, with a scale of charges depending on the size of the individual vehicles and other traffic. Toll houses with gates were situated at the edges of the settlements, within which such upkeep on the roads as was carried out was the responsibility of the...

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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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Garages

Garages

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Stokeford Bridge

Stokeford Bridge

Limpley Stoke and Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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As a route to Bath, horses could cross the Avon at Stoke Ford, at the foot of Winsley Hill. In 1731 Thomas Dike of Limpley Stoke and Moses Cottle sr of Winsley, who owned the land on their respective sides, agreed to build a bridge over the Avon. Stokeford Bridge was in...

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