Atworth Roman Villa

Atworth Roman Villa

. A large Roman villa was discovered by ploughing in the 1930s in the north of Atworth parish, close to the London-Bath Roman road. Some excavations were carried out in 1937 and in 1938, uncovering the east wing and part of the main house on the northern side of a wide courtyard. More excavations took place in the years 1970 to 1975 which uncovered...

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Museum members at the Roman Baths

Museum members at the Roman Baths

. A small party of Museum Society members were treated to a tour of the stores of the Roman Baths Museum in Bath. The serious reason for the trip underground in Bath was towards identifying and understanding the Roman and Medieval pottery that has been found in Budbury and other places in Bradford. They had the opportunity to examine some fascinating sherds...

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The Medieval Landscape Emerges

The Medieval Landscape Emerges

As work continues on plotting archaeology from the Lidar images, it’s clear that we will get a mapping of the prehistoric and Romano-British landscape. This was from the outset the main objective. There are now a few signs of a period in time that has defeated local archaeologists and historians, namely the form of the landscape since Domesday – Bradford Hundred in the Middle...

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Bradford on Avon Museum Anglo-Saxon Archaeology Conference

Bradford on Avon Museum Anglo-Saxon Archaeology Conference

Saturday 6th July, 2-5pm at the Lecture Theatre, St Laurence School, Bradford on Avon

The following presentations will be given:

Digging up Bradford on Avon – problems and possibilities: Roy Canham. Wild West frontier town – Bradford in the politics of Wessex and Mercia: Martyn...

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Museum Celebrates Lottery Win!

Museum Celebrates Lottery Win!

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Bradford on Avon Museum has been successful in a bid for an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “All Our Stories” round of grants. With the HLF funding and support, community groups like ours will carry out activities that help people explore,...

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The Museum Collection: Medieval

The Museum Collection: Medieval

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Although whole buildings of the middle ages stand in and around Bradford, so far very little from the medieval period has come to Bradford on Avon Museum. Less than from the New Stone Age (Neolithic ) and much less than from the Roman Period!

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The figure of a medieval lion carved...

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Iron Age Bradford

The pre-Roman Iron Age in Bradford is represented by an enigmatic site on the top of the hill at Budbury. The name itself includes the Old English word burh, which was used of a fortified site and suggests that there was a recognisable fort there in the Saxon period.

At the time when the land at...

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New Acquisition: a Neolithic Flint Arrowhead

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Bradford on Avon Museum’s collection is very poor in objects from Broughton Gifford, which, as an area in the Bradford Hundred, falls within the the collecting area of the Museum. The chance find of a Neolithic flint arrowhead near Monkton adds not just to the collection of...

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Museum Collection: Neolithic Flint Implements

Museum Collection: Neolithic Flint Implements

Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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The Neolithic Period (New Stone Age, roughly from 4000 to 2500 BC) was marked by the first introduction of farming, both in growing crops and keeping domesticated animals. Large areas of the country were cleared of ancient woodland to make fields, but hunting and gathering still went on. Metal tools...

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St Laurence School Roman Villa

St Laurence School Roman Villa

It had long been known that there was significant Roman building in the Budbury area, on the plateau just north of the centre of Bradford. An excavation in 1976, when new houses were being built, found a bath house, so the villa house had to be nearby.

A fragment of plaster that had fallen from the walls of the bath house. Many of these pieces were conserved in a...

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The Museum Collection: Post-medieval Archaeology

The Museum Collection: Post-medieval Archaeology

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Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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In this country, the Middle Ages are considered to have finished in 1485, when Richard III was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field. After that come the Tudor dynasty, the Reformation, the Stuarts, Georgians, the reign of Victoria and modern...

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The English Civil War

The English Civil War

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Civil War battle re-enactment in Bradford on Avon 2016

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The area around Bradford figured slightly in the English Civil War. Royalist troops under Sir Ralph Hopton are assumed to have crossed the Avon at Bradford and headed towards Bath, culminating in the Battle of Lansdown in July...

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The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age

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The Bronze Age in Britain is the period of prehistory between about 2,500 and about 800 BC which is characterised by the making and use of tools, utensils and weapons of bronze. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. In the Wiltshire area the Bronze Age is the period when the great megalithic monuments -Stonehenge and...

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Saxons & Vikings

Saxons & Vikings

Bradford is often referred to as the Saxon Town, because of its pre-Conquest connections and its surviving Saxon Church (right).

Bradford enters history in a record of the King of Wessex, Cenwalh, fighting a battle at the Broad Ford on the Avon (Bradanforda be Afene) in 652, but the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle doesn’t say against whom, or who won.

At the end of the...

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The Museum Collection: Roman

The Museum Collection: Roman

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Bradford on Avon Museum does not hold excavated material from organised archaeological digs such as those at the Atworth and St Laurence School Roman villa sites. Objects excavated there are held by the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, except for the St Laurence material from 2002 and 2003, which is still being examined at...

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Roman Bradford

Roman  Bradford

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The limestone hills around the city and religious site of Aquae Sulis (modern Bath) are rich in remains from the Roman period (43-410 AD), including the uplands of the western part of the Bradford Hundred area. Even today, most of the northern border of the Hundred is defined by the line of the Roman road from Londinium.

There were major...

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