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 eastern end, but was pulled down in the 1820s after it became unsafe. The two timber-framed buildings are of around 1600, but incorporate an earlier buttress on the stone party-wall.

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