The Tudor-Elizabethan Period

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, 1485-1603


Tudor costume, Barton Farm

Costume of the reign of Henry VIII; filming at Barton Farm, Bradford on Avon


Following the turbulence of the Wars of the Roses, the reign of the Tudor dynasty (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I) brought prosperity to the Bradford Hundred, especially through the woollen cloth trade.

The period saw big changes in religion, with Protestantism replacing Catholicism and the dissolution of monasteries that saw the end of Shaftesbury Abbey and its 500 year association with Bradford and of Monkton Farleigh Priory. The redistribution of the monasteries’ lands and wealth saw the growth of a new class of landed gentry.

Unfortunately, there is little, so far, in Bradford on Avon Museum’s collection from this period, apart from some fragments of pottery.

The roof of Priory Barn, Newtown

The roof of Priory Barn in Newtown, Bradford, which was built in the reign of Henry VII