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 - Wiltshire firm teams up with Southern Co-op for summer tour
THE Southern Co-op’s Local Flavours VW camper van will make a stop in Wiltshire next week to celebrate 10 years of supporting local British food and drink producers.
Bradford on Avon News - Ken Loach's views on homelessness go down a storm in Bradford on Avon
A TALK by international film-maker Ken Loach in Bradford on Avon proved so popular that around 50 people who turned up for the free event at St Margaret's Hall were turned away.
Bradford on Avon News - Communities come together to remember Jo Cox MP
HUNDREDS of people across Wiltshire came together at the weekend to attend Great Get Together events celebrating the life and achievements of the Labour MP Jo Cox.
Bradford on Avon News - Driver, 61, 'swerved all over road' before being stopped by police
A WOMAN driver from Bradford on Avon who was seen by a terrified fellow motorist swerving all over the road for a number of miles has been banned from driving and ordered to retake her driving test.
Bradford on Avon News - Sweet success at fruity fair
FRUITY delights were enjoyed by all at the annual Fitzmaurice Strawberry Fair in Bradford on Avon on Saturday which aimed to raise vital funds for the school.
Bradford on Avon News - Law firm raises more than £23,000 for Dorothy House
DOROTHY House Hospice Care has reason to celebrate this week after a law firm raised more than £23,000 for the Winsley charity.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradfordians are bringing Romeo and Juliet to the Tithe Barn
BRADFORD on Avon's very own award-winning dramatic society is just weeks away from staging its latest performance in the town.
Bradford on Avon News - Couple celebrate 60 happy years of marriage after fateful first day of work
THE first day of a new job is usually a daunting experience, but for one Bradford on Avon couple, it paved the way for 60 years of happy marriage.
Bradford on Avon News - St Laurence aids recycling drive
CLIMATE Friendly Bradford on Avon have found a keen ally in St Laurence School whose pupils are helping its initiative to reduce the use of single use plastic bottles.
Bradford on Avon News - Fury over Bradford on Avon roundabout chaos
DESPITE taking a year to complete the roundabout by the new Kingston Farm development, the situation with the nearby roads is even worse than before, says a Bradford on Avon resident.
Bradford on Avon News - New inscriptions added to renovated Peace Garden
THE Peace Garden in the grounds of the Quaker Meeting House in Bradford on Avon, which was built including a peace pole, was first designed in 2005.
Bradford on Avon News - Heroic waiter saves young girl from drowning in canal
A HERO who saved a child’s life after she fell into the Kennet and Avon Canal said he had no hesitation about jumping in to rescue her.
Bradford on Avon News - Emphatic rejection of plans to build 60 homes in Bradford on Avon
AN emphatic rejection of a scheme to build 60 new homes on the edge of Bradford on Avon has been issued by the town council.
Bradford on Avon News - Heated hustings gives residents an insight into plans of prospective MPs
AS voting day for the general election looms, Bradford on Avon residents learned more about their prospective MPs at a heated hustings yesterday evening.
Bradford on Avon News - Coach gets stuck in Bradford on Avon for five hours after hitting scaffolding
A COACH got stuck in Bradford on Avon for five hours today as it headed to North Yorkshire after it hit some scaffolding on a house at around midday.
Bradford on Avon News - Ban for Bradford on Avon driver who was twice over the limit
A BRADFORD on Avon man has been banned from driving for 17 months after he was convicted of driving his Mercedes Benz C220 while more than twice the alcohol limit on the Golden Valley Bypass near Cheltenham.
Bradford on Avon News - Day of morris dance attracts sides from across the UK
MORRIS dancing sides from across the UK took to the streets last weekend to raise funds for Dorothy House Hospice with a day of dancing.
Bradford on Avon News - Giving Bradford bounce
THINK of Bradford on Avon, you think of beautiful buildings, friendly locals and a town rich in history. We played a key part in the industrial revolutions, producing cloth, thriving factories and mills. But did you know Bradford on Avon’s rubber industry was key to the entire process?
Bradford on Avon News - Groundbreaking guitar company launched with evening of live music
A NEW company that designs and makes groundbreaking acoustic guitars from low environmental-impact materials was recently launched in Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Amateur golfers chip in to raise nearly £3,000 at charity golf day
OVER 50 amateur golfers took part in a charity golf day on Friday to raise money for Bath Cancer Unit and Dorothy House Hospice.