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 - Families invited to go wassailing to keep ancient tradition alive
BRADFORD on Avon Preservation Trust have adopted the Anglo Saxon tradition as a family event - wassailing is the ancient custom of visiting apple orchards reciting incantations and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year.
Bradford on Avon News - Former Royal Enfield workers gather for reunion
FORMER employees of the Royal Enfield factory at Bradford on Avon gathered on Saturday for a special film to commemorate their work.
Bradford on Avon News - Former Royal Enfield workers gather for reunion
FORMER employees of the Royal Enfield factory at Bradford on Avon gathered last weekend for a special film to commemorate their work.
Bradford on Avon News - Sex offender dies in custody
A SEX offender from Bradford on Avon has died just over a month after being jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Bradford on Avon News - Boutique helps groom choose perfect dress
A REQUEST to help a popular Channel 4 TV series turned out to be good news for a Melksham bridal boutique.
Bradford on Avon News - Hansel and Gretel with a magical twist
Bradford on Avon News - Charity walk takes place on Six Nations ‘Super Saturday’
TWO local charities hope 700 men will take part in the sixth annual Bath Men's Walk to raise over £70,000 for Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House Hospice Care.
Bradford on Avon News - St Laurence celebrates new-look newsletter
PUPILS and staff at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon have celebrated the re-launch of its new-look Connect newsletter.
Bradford on Avon News - Sacred Masterpieces comes to Holy Trinity
MEMBERS of the Salisbury Cathedral choir are to sing at the Holy Trinity Church in Bradford on Avon later this month.
Bradford on Avon News - Female clog dance group appeals for new members
A WILTSHIRE and Somerset women's morris dance group is appealing for new members.
Bradford on Avon News - Pensioner pleads for the return of treasured ornament
A BRADFORD on Avon pensioner is pleading for the return of a treasured garden ornament she has kept for the past 20 years.
Bradford on Avon News - £1.2m scheme to upgrade Bradford on Avon pumping station progressing well
WORK on a £1.2 million scheme to upgrade the sewage pumping station alongside the River Avon in Bradford on Avon is progressing well.
Bradford on Avon News - Former Bradford on Avon pupil gets BEM award
A FORMER St Laurence pupil has also been given a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours for his services to dance and to charity.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford on Avon scout leader and fundraiser awarded British Empire Medal
A DEDICATED scout leader and fundraiser for Holy Trinity Church in Bradford on Avon was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours.
Bradford on Avon News - Train fare for Bradford on Avon commuter rockets up 131 per cent
A PILATES teacher who commutes to London from Bradford on Avon has been forced to find a different route, after the advance fare on her usual train journey rose by 131 per cent.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford on Avon GP that turned away sick baby says sorry
A MOTHER has praised a Bradford on Avon medical practice for changing its procedures, after complaining about their failure to give her new-born baby Florence an immediate appointment to treat an infection.
Bradford on Avon News - £1m flood defence plan for Bradford on Avon
FLOOD defences costing in excess of £1 million could be installed in Bradford on Avon to provide a long-term solution to the town’s problems when the River Avon water levels rise.
Bradford on Avon News - Children benefit from Bradford on Avon Freemasons' donation
A GROUP of Bradford on Avon Freemasons have donated £2,500 to a West Wiltshire charity that helps children and young people with special needs.
Bradford on Avon News - Former St Laurence pupil helping footballing talent in Malawi
A FORMER St Laurence School pupil is now helping to develop the talent of young footballers in Malawi in the African nation’s premier soccer academy.
Bradford on Avon News - Morris Men raise £375 for RUH Forever Friends Appeal
BATHAMPTON Morrris Men have raised £375 for the Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath from their annual pre-Christmas mumming tour of Bradford on Avon, Beckington and Rode.