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 - Hoist the Jolly Roger – it’s pirates ahoy!
SHIVER me Timbers and Splice the Mainbrace - the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust has laid on a special summer treat for children.
Bradford on Avon News - Council to consult over bollards
TOWN councillors in Bradford on Avon are to investigate replacing damaged bollards at Whitehill.
Bradford on Avon News - Songbirds raise £600 for Dorothy House
THE Melksham-based Songbirds Ladies Choir has handed over cheques worth a total of £610 to Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley following a charity event last week.
Bradford on Avon News - Canal floating market is sure to be a draw
HUNDREDS of people are expected to turn out for the Kennet & Avon Canal Floating Market in Bradford on Avon over the weekend.
Bradford on Avon News - GBH accused admits possessing 'bladed article'
A MAN who is accused of carrying out a stabbing in Charlotte Square, Trowbridge, is to face trial by judge and jury.
Bradford on Avon News - School funding increase a mere 'sticking plaster', says headteacher
THE Government's plans to spend an extra £1.3b on schools has been described as 'putting a sticking plaster on a gaping wound' by a headteacher from Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Pre-school group closes after 40 years
MOTHERS, staff and youngsters at a Bradford on Avon pre-school staged their last graduation on Thursday (20 July) as it closed for good after 40 years.
Bradford on Avon News - Taste of Italy at Ravello
TO paraphrase Boromir from the Lord of the Rings, ‘One does not find a more idyllic place to enjoy some tasty tuck than at Ravello’s in Bradford on Avon.’ Wise words brother.
Bradford on Avon News - Disabled riding group collects honours at national championships
FOUR members of the Disabled Riders Club at Widbook near Bradford on Avon have finished in the top five at the Riding for the Disabled Association’s national championships in Gloucestershire.
Bradford on Avon News - Tony Furtado to perform at West Barn
RENOWNED slide-guitarist, award-winning banjo player and singer/songwriter, Tony Furtado, is playing at the West Barn in Bradford on Avon on Wednesday (26 July).
Bradford on Avon News - More than 900 turn out for mini book festival
MORE than 960 people turned out for a Mini Book Festival for children of all ages at Bradford on Avon Library on Saturday (July 15).
Bradford on Avon News - Trowbridge parish priest set for new move after 27 years
A popular and well-known Trowbridge parish priest is set for a new move after 27 years ministering to his Catholic congregation in the town.
Bradford on Avon News - Pre-school group closes after 40 years
MOTHERS, staff and youngsters at a Bradford on Avon pre-school will stage their last graduation on Thursday as it closes for good after 40 years.
Bradford on Avon News - Young swimmers make a splash for national charity appeal
WATER Babies across Wiltshire are taking part in Splashathon, the fundraising campaign to raise money for baby charity Tommy’s.
Bradford on Avon News - Three respond to Belcombe Court garden appeal
THREE people have responded to an appeal for volunteers to join the team at Belcombe Court gardens in Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Westwood Church Fete raises £1,550 for church funds
MORE than £1,500 was raised towards the Westwood Church funds by the annual village fete held on Saturday.
Bradford on Avon News - St Laurence School maintains ‘Good’ rating
ST Laurence School in Bradford on Avon has received a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted following a visit from the education regulators in June.
Bradford on Avon News - Holt Scarecrow Trail will bring TV characters to life
ALL sorts of weird and wonderful characters will be on display in Holt over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Bradford on Avon News - Budding young writer is Wicked awards finalist
A BUDDING young writer at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon has been selected as one of the 20 finalists in the Wicked Young Writer Awards for her story, A Tiger’s Tale’.
Bradford on Avon News - Annual street market raises £4,000 for Holy Trinity
MORE than £4,000 was raised by Holy Trinity Church’s annual Street Market in Westbury Gardens, Bradford on Avon, last Saturday.