Community in Bradford on Avon
We at Dutch Barton are extremely proud of our location in Bradford on Avon and are keen to be an integral part of the community.
To this end we have included this Community page which aims to give a valuable insight into the wonderful community of Bradford on Avon.
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About Bradford on Avon
The town has many fine examples of architecture from the Saxon, Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Industrial Revolution periods. Also, to the north of the town, there was an Iron Age Fort and, recently discovered, a very important Roman villa.
The Saxon Church of St. Laurence dates from the early 11th century and is one of the most complete examples of a chapel of that period. It is an unforgettable experience to stand in the tall, narrow stone built nave and admire the two flying angels set high on the wall above.
The stunning Tithe Barn was built in the mid 14th century and inspires the same sort of awe that one feels on entering a great cathedral. Used as a setting for several TV dramas, it is 168 feet long with a massive timbered roof spanning 33 feet beneath stone tiles weighing 100 tons. It retains its old threshing floors and other features from its agricultural past.
Barton Grange Farm
Set in the beautiful Barton Farm Country Park, with its ancient packhorse bridge and bordered by the River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal, is a range of medieval buildings. This was the grange of the nuns of Shaftesbury Abbey who had been granted the manor of Bradford by King Ethelred in AD 1001.
Ancient Town Bridge
The name of the town originates from the ‘broad ford’ across the River Avon and the bridge is a natural focus for the town. Although widened in the 17th century, it still retains two of the original 13th century arches. A notable feature is the ‘Blind House’ built in the 18th century to serve as the town lock-up.
Chapel of St Mary Tory and the Mills
This tiny chapel, high up on Tory, was largely rebuilt in Victorian times. The town retains many reminders of its dependence on the cloth trade – from the 17th century weavers’ cottages to the later mills which still line the River Avon in the town centre.
Kennet and Avon Canal
Originally opened in 1810 the canal runs from Reading to Bristol. One of the deepest locks on the canal is in Bradford on Avon. Boat hire and boat trips are available from the working wharf and a particularly attractive mile and a half stretch to Avoncliff is a popular walk.
Built of stone from local quarries, the magnificent Avoncliff Aqueduct carries the canal over the River Avon and the railway line to Bath. A nearby picturesque old pub with its riverside gardens is a popular refreshment stop.
The Shambles and the town centre
The Shambles, the meat market in medieval times, is now a bustling pedestrian walkway lined with a range of small, independent shops. Among the many attractive shops and eating places in the town centre, is the Victorian Tea Shop which has been named by the prestigious UK Tea Guild as the ‘UK’s Top Tea Place’.
Browse around the museum which is home to a diverse and fascinating collection illustrating the history of the town. Of particular interest is the Christopher Pharmacy, an exact reconstruction of the Victorian chemist’s shop which used to serve the town.
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Bradford on Avon News - Student died after fall from balcony
A STUDENT from Bradford on Avon had been on a night out with friends and had been drinking before she fell to her death from a ninth-floor hotel balcony in Brazil, an inquest was told on Wednesday.
Bradford on Avon News - Pupils pack shoeboxes to send worldwide
PUPILS at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon have been busy supporting Operation Christmas Child in a donation that saw them putting together shoe boxes to send across the world.
Bradford on Avon News - Appeal after car stolen during Bradford on Avon burglary
PEOPLE that witnessed a car being stolen during a burglary at a home in Bradford on Avon are being asked to come forward by police.
Bradford on Avon News - Kai cashes in on vinyl
A YOUNG entrepreneur is cashing in on the current trend for playing vinyl records.
Bradford on Avon News - Winsley resident celebrates 100th birthday
A WINSLEY resident who was born on November 21, 1917 when the First World War was still raging across Europe is celebrating her 100th birthday with close family and her many friends.
Bradford on Avon News - Choir makes a welcome return
THE BATH Camerata Choir makes a welcome return to historic Bradford-on-Avon this weekend to perform in the newly-refurbished Holy Trinity Church.
Bradford on Avon News - Popular folk duo booked for Wiltshire Music Centre
QUIRKY folk duo Belshazzar’s Feast are performing at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon in December.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford cycling festival to wheel back to town
PLANS are well in hand for the 2018 Bradford on Avon Cycling Festival as, following the success of the last festival in 2015, organisers have decided to stage another on July 14 and aim to make it a must-attend annual event.
Bradford on Avon News - Swan Hotel bar re-opens after refurbishment
ONE of Bradford on Avon’s oldest licensed premises has re-opened following a week-long makeover that focuses on its long history.
Bradford on Avon News - Weir power scheme divides community
AN Avoncliff woman has upset her closest neighbours and divided the local community with plans to install a £800,00 hydropower turbine on the weir.
Bradford on Avon News - Greenkeeper shortlisted for Golf Environmental Award
ONE of the greenkeepers at Cumberwell Park Golf Club outside Bradford on Avon has been shortlisted for a top golf environment award.
Bradford on Avon News - Pre-school celebrates tenth birthday
A CHILDCARE business in Bradford on Avon has celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party for 50 children, parents and 25 staff.
Bradford on Avon News - Scouts set to deliver Christmas post
MEMBERS of the 1st Bradford on Avon Beavers are getting ready to launch their Christmas stamp and postal delivery service.
Bradford on Avon News - Wiltshire Music Centre wins M&S funding
WILTSHIRE Music Centre in Bradford on Avon has scooped £12,000 funding from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund, beating seven projects in the region to win the top prize.
Bradford on Avon News - Christmas Floating Market takes more space
THE crafty boaters who live on the Kennet and Avon Canal are returning to Bradford on Avon for Christmas for the second year running and for their 5th floating market event.
Bradford on Avon News - Arts festival ends with cheque presentation
ORGANISERS of the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival have donated £750, together with a commemorative set of Small & Beautiful artworks, to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the charity partner for this year’s event.
Bradford on Avon News - Town remembers those who lost their lives
THE Deputy Mayor of Bradford on Avon, Cllr Alex Kay, led the civic dignitaries at a Remembrance Service on Sunday to lay a wreath at the foot of the town’s War Memorial.
Bradford on Avon News - Man convicted of sexually abusing child
A MAN who sexually abused a little boy on numerous occasions has been warned he is facing a jail term.
Bradford on Avon News - Anger as lorries escape the Watch
PROSECUTIONS for a Lorry Watch scheme which protects Bradford on Avon’s ancient Town Bridge from use by overweight vehicles appear to have almost ground to a halt.
Bradford on Avon News - Christmas pie dinner will raise funds for Macmillan
AN award-winning West Wiltshire pie-maker is to donate 200 pies to raise more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.