Community in Bradford on Avon

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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.

For more information regarding the Bradford on Avon Community please visit the below link:

The Bradford on Avon Community Web Site.

About Bradford on Avon

Architecture

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.

Saxon Church

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.

Tithe Barn

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.

Avoncliff

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’.

Museum

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.

For more information on what you can do in the Bradford on Avon area please visit :

The Bradford on Avon Tourist Information Website.

 

Bradford on Avon News - Old folk’s day centre calls for new members



A BRADFORD on Avon Day Centre is appealing for people who live at home and who want some company to come along and socialise.
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Bradford on Avon News - Bath clean air zone charge proposal raises concerns



A WILTSHIRE councillor has organised two meetings at the end of September with Bath & North East Somerset Council to discuss their plans to introduce a clean air charging zone in Bath.
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Bradford on Avon News - Mayor is sent to jail – but all in a good cause!



THE Mayor of Bradford on Avon was sent to Jail on Thursday – but it was all in a good cause!
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Bradford on Avon News - Water works cause long delays in Bradford on Avon



DRIVERS passing through Bradford on Avon are being advised to seek an alternative route because of long delays for water works.
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Bradford on Avon News - Town urged to become greener



PEOPLE living in Bradford on Avon have been urged to work together as a community to tackle climate change and its impact on the environment.
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Bradford on Avon News - Top trophies for organiser



SHOW organiser David Ecob took home the top trophy at Winsley on Saturday (8 Sept).
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Bradford on Avon News - Bike Ride raises over £3,000 for charities



MORE than 90 cyclists took part in a charity bike ride in Bradford on Avon to raise over £3,000 for Stepping Stones and Scope.
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Bradford on Avon News - Footprints Toddler group celebrates becoming ten



A TODDLERS group in Bradford on Avon founded by three church-goers has celebrated its 10th anniversary.
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Bradford on Avon News - Pregnant mum in bedroom plea



A YOUNG couple with four children and a fifth on the way have complained to Selwood Housing about a repairs delay that is preventing them from using their largest bedroom.
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Bradford on Avon News - Just rewards for sweetie trail prize winners



SOME of the youngsters who took part in Bradford on Avon Museum’s 1950s Sweet Trail got their just rewards on Saturday.
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Bradford on Avon News - Nottingham Knockers reported by police



TWO ‘Nottingham Knockers’ have been reported by Bradford on Avon Police after trying to sell items door to door without a licence.
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Bradford on Avon News - Water works cause long delays in Bradford on Avon



DRIVERS passing through Bradford on Avon are being advised to seek an alternative route because of long delays for water works.
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Bradford on Avon News - Good crop of honours



CHAMPION grower Neville Day has won top honours at the Bradford on Avon Flower & Produce show for the ninth year in succession.
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Bradford on Avon News - Major Bradford route to be closed



PART of a major route into Bradford on Avon is to be temporarily closed to all traffic from 9am to 3pm between October 3 and 10.
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Bradford on Avon News - Remembering Bradford on Avon's Marilyn Maundrell



Marilyn Maundrell
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Bradford on Avon News - One-way system trial ‘not needed’



BRADFORD on Avon Town Council has quashed a councillor’s suggestion that the town should conduct a physical trial for a one-way system.
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Bradford on Avon News - Kits help to raise young girls’ job aspirations



girls in Bradford on Avon have been challenged to consider who they want to be and what they aspire to do when they grow up.
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Bradford on Avon News - Foodbank full of beans thanks to donations



THE co-ordinator of The Hub in Bradford on Avon has thanked local residents for responding to a desperate appeal for foodbank donations.
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Bradford on Avon News - Mystery after find sparks river search



WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for the owner of an abandoned rucksack to come forward after calling off an emergency search and rescue operation in the River Avon in Bradford on Avon.
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Bradford on Avon News - Quakers ride for equality



A MEMBER of the Quaker Meeting House in Bradford on Avon is celebrating after raising more than £1,895 from a sponsored 360-mile bike ride to London.
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