Bradford on Avon Museum Publications

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Bradford on Avon Museum publishes a series of booklets about subjects that relate to the heritage of the Town and the Hundred of Bradford and to the Museum’s collection. The list grows steadily and new titles appear frequently.
Copies are available from the Museum, from the Library, Ex Libris Bookshop and from the Tourist Information Centre, or use the Contact button on this website.
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Christopher Pharmacy booklet

Christopher Pharmacy booklet

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The first in the Museum’s series of booklets is, appropriately, about the chemist shop, the preservation of which provided the stimulus for founding the Museum.

“The Christopher Pharmacy”, by Ivor Slocombe and Roger Clark, outlines the history of the chemist shop and gives information about some of its contents and how the shop functioned.

£2.00

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The Lost Pubs of Bradford on Avon

Lost pubs of Bradford booklet

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Our second booklet- “Lost Pubs of Bradford on Avon, a walker’s guide” by Roger Clark, the Honorary Curator- is a guided trail around the town looking at the many places where pints are no longer pulled. It is illustrated with old and new colour photographs and a map.

£2.50

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Bradford's printers booklet

Bradford’s printers booklet

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Bradford on Avon printers and town directories is the work of Roger Jones, who as the publisher Ex Libris Press has himself had plenty of experience of the printing industry. He gives a history of some of Bradford’s printers, illustrated by examples of their work, drawn from some of the town directories they produced.

£2.50

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Abbey Mills booklet

Abbey Mills booklet

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The booklet Abbey Mill gives a history, illustrated with many photographs, both historic and full-colour new ones, of the the factories that made up Abbey and Church Street Mills through their three careers as woollen mills, rubber factories and residential flats. The author, David Gazard, is a resident of the complex. Now in its second edition, with a newly-discovered plan of the buildings.

£3.00

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Saxon Church museum booklet

Saxon Church museum booklet

The  booklet about Bradford’s Saxon Church has been specially written by David Hinton, who is Professor of Archaeology at Southampton University and is the author of several books on the medieval period. He carried out an excavation at the church which established that there had been a room beneath the site of the southern porticus. He describes the building in detail and discusses its age and purpose.

The booklet is beautifully illustrated, including some of the drawings that were made by the Scottish architect James Irvine in the 1860s, before the building was ‘restored’.

2nd edition £3.50

 

The Hall museum booklet

The Hall museum booklet

A booklet about The Hall, an ancient mansion in Bradford, is yet another Museum publication, which has been produced in a slightly larger format in association with Ex Libris Press. It gives a detailed history of the house and its owners, with beautiful illustrations.

Second print run: £4.00

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Bradford bridges booklet

Bradford bridges booklet

Ivor Slocombe’s booklet about Bradford’s bridges -over the river, canal, roads and railway- includes new research from his delving into the Wiltshire & Swindon Archives and many photographs and diagrams.

£3.00

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Lidar booklet

A Land through Time booklet

.Roy Canham details some of the results of the Museum’s recent Heritage Lottery-funded project to  map ancient features in part of the landscape of the Bradford Hundred area with amazing images produced by analysing  data from the aerial laser survey.

£3.00 This edition is sold out

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Woollen industry booklet

Bradford’s woollen industry booklet

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The ninth in Bradford on Avon Museum’s series of booklets focuses on the early development of the woollen cloth industry around Bradford and is written by Kenneth Rogers, who is a well-known expert in this field and a former Archivist of the Wiltshire Record Office. As with our other publications, it is full of authoritative information and is well illustrated.

£3.00

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Geology booklet

Geology, landscape and building stone around Bradford-on Avon booklet

 

This publication, Geology, landscape and building stone around Bradford-on-Avon, is about the foundations of our local area. It has been written by Isobel Geddes who was the author of a book about the geology of Wiltshire a few years ago.

Like the others in the series, this booklet is lavishly illustrated.

£3.00

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Anglo-Saxon Bradford booklet

Anglo-Saxon Bradford booklet

This Museum publication is slightly different from its predecessors, because it is a scholarly work that goes deep into its subject and is full of information about a fascinating time in our history.

Anglo-Saxon Bradford-on-Avon, by Martyn Whittock and his daughter Hannah, experts on the history of the period,  is the first of our Monograph Series.

 

It is on sale at the Museum and Ex Libris Bookshop at £3.00

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The medieval town bookletBradford-on-Avon: the medieval town is the second of our Monograph Series, in which words take precedence over pictures and includes full references. It is the work of Ivor Slocombe, a dedicated researcher of historical archives and his wife Pamela, who draws on years of experience with the Wiltshire Buildings Record.

It is on sale in the Museum and at Ex Libris bookshop for £3.00

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Barton Farm buildings booklet

The buildings of Barton Farm, Bradford-on-Avon by Pam and Ivor Slocombe is a booklet about the important group of medieval farm buildings that formed the centre of the Abbey of Shaftesbury’s Bradford estate. It has been produced in a slightly larger format, like The Hall booklet and contains many photographs, drawings and plans and scholarly information.

It is on sale in the Museum and at Ex Libris bookshop for £4.00

The Museum is also selling Barton Farm: the last thousand years by Margaret Dobson and Gareth Slater, published by the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust £4.00

The Iron Duke by Roger Clark – a short illustrated history of the rubber calender machine which has been returned to Bradford on Avon  £1.00

Riding on rubber bookRiding on rubber; the story of Bradford on Avon’s world-renowned rubber industry by Dan Farrell is the Museum’s biggest publication so far, more a book than booklet with 112 pages. It charts Bradford rubber from the early days to the end of production in the 1990s with much original archival research and profuse illustrations. Publication, as part of the Iron Duke project, has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Price £9.75

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Embroidery booklet

Bradford Millennium Embroidery

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The Museum’s very first publication, before the current series, was a booklet about our Millennium Embroidery Project. It gives background information and an illustration and description of each of the 12 panels that were based on paintings by the late Jeanne Walpole.

£3.00

A series of postcards based on some of the Millennium Embroidery panels has almost sold out.

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Names in Stone 1914-1918The Museum has close associations with two substantial books about the casualties from Bradford and surrounding villages in the two World Wars of the 20th century. “Names in Stone1914-1918 and 1939-1945 by local historian Jonathon Falconer are full of biographical detail and are on sale in the Museum, which has already received a donation from profits on sales.