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 - Preview: Shakespeare's Measure For Measure by Holt Dramatic Society
IMAGINE a city where the law no longer works.
Bradford on Avon News - £144k boost for youth services
MORE than 3,000 young people in Bradford on Avon and the surrounding area will benefit from a new-look youth and family care service.
Bradford on Avon News - Two men wearing pillow cases arrested following burglary in Bradford
TWO men were arrested in the early hours of this morning following a burglary at the Co-Op in Winsley Road, Bradford-on-Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford area board brought forward to 5pm
THE Bradford on Avon Area Board meeting today (July 11) has been brought forward to avoid a clash with the World Cup.
Bradford on Avon News - Hunt is on to find Bradford ladder thief
THE hunt is on to find a man who stole a set of ladders from a house in Bradford on Avon on Sunday.
Bradford on Avon News - Town waits for South West in Bloom results
IT’S all in the laps of the gods after Bradford on Avon hosted South West in Bloom judges last week.
Bradford on Avon News - Live radio broadcasts from summer fair
LIVE broadcasts by Westwood Radio kept locals informed about what happened at the school’s summer fair on Saturday (July 7).
Bradford on Avon News - Frida Owlo lands in town for summer
ONE of the Bath Minerva Owls has officially landed in Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Jones Hill thank clients with a barn dance
FINANCIAL advisers Jones Hill in Bradford on Avon have staged a special celebratory barn dance to thank their clients.
Bradford on Avon News - Walk for the Mind is a gentle stroll for some
A GROUP of carers who look after people living with dementia have helped to launch a weekly Walk for the Mind in Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Club makes Hasler races finals
ROWERS from Bradford on Avon Canoe Club put up a great performance at their annual race weekend.
Bradford on Avon News - Magical evening at the Tithe Barn
THE Bradfordians have returned to their regular summer residency at the Tithe Barn in Bradford on Avon this week to bring audiences a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting wartime tale, Goodnight Mister Tom.
Bradford on Avon News - High energy music making at Wiltshire Music Centre
ON Saturday, June 23, more than 300 young people, parents and grandparents enjoyed an energetic day of music-making and creative activities at Wiltshire Music Centre’s Big Family Music Day.
Bradford on Avon News - School opens a new ‘oasis of calm’ for pupils
STAFF at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon have officially opened a new Breathing Space for pupils who need the opportunity for calm reflection, mentoring and de-stressing.
Bradford on Avon News - Warleigh Weir users given closure warning
THE new owner of Warleigh Weir on the River Avon has warned users that if they don’t take home their rubbish the site could be permanently closed to the public.
Bradford on Avon News - June takes on Spartan Race challenge at 66
MOTHER-of-three June Butlin will celebrate her 66th birthday by taking on one of the UK’s toughest cross-country sporting challenges, the Spartan Race.
Bradford on Avon News - Meerkats are a top draw
MEERKATS and racing snails proved to be among the biggest draws at the annual Fitzmaurice Strawberry Fair on Saturday.
Bradford on Avon News - Pupils are learning how to grow their own
PUPILS at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon are learning how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Bradford on Avon News - Messiah is full of soul and a joy to watch
TWO of the most pleasurable hours of my life were spent at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Sunday listening to an incredible jazz, swing and gospel version of a selection of choruses from Handel’s Messiah.
Bradford on Avon News - Remembering the late Michael Mizen