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 - Solar panel fire in Holt
FIRE crews from Trowbridge and Melksham attended a solar panel on fire near Leigh Road, Holt at 10.16am today (Sunday, May 20). The fire was out on arrival and crews made the area safe.
Bradford on Avon News - Jazz goes Dutch in Bradford on Avon
It was a first for Bradford on Avon Jazz Club when on two consecutive sessions bands from The Netherlands were featured at the Mount Pleasant club. In April it was the Freetime Old Dixie Jass Band and in May the Storyville Jassband played for another capacity audience, The Storyville was first formed fifty nine years ago in Arnhem and now draws musicians from throughout Holland. The band is photographed arriving at the old school which is the unusual jazz club venue.
Bradford on Avon News - People urged to talk more openly about dying
PEOPLE across North and West Wiltshire are being urged to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, with staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and Dorothy House Hospice Care supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week from May 14-18.
Bradford on Avon News - Jazz group to play for annual town gathering
LOCAL jazz group, The Water Gypsies, are to play at the end of the annual town gathering in Bradford on Avon on Thursday, May 17.
Bradford on Avon News - Litterbugs told to take it home
ANGRY residents in Bradford on Avon have urged people using Warleigh Weir to take their litter home after they visit.
Bradford on Avon News - Mayor and Deputy Mayor swap roles
THE new Mayor and chairman of Bradford on Avon is Cllr Alex Kay, a professional geologist and self-employed artist who has lived in the town for the past five years.
Bradford on Avon News - Man with air rifle sparks armed police response
A MAN with an air rifle out shooting birds sparked a full-scale response from armed police in the normally quiet village of Westwood this morning.
Bradford on Avon News - Fire crew tackle out of control bonfire
A CREW from Bradford-on-Avon crew extinguished a large out-of-control bonfire in Bradford Leigh today using two jets and two hose reel jets.
Bradford on Avon News - Innovative ideas on display
RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon have given a mixed reaction to an exhibition of designs for the town’s Station car park.
Bradford on Avon News - Wiltshire Mighty Girls launches new exhibition
AN exhibition to showcase the work of 19 young women who attended a Wiltshire Mighty Girls workshop has opened at Bradford on Avon Library.
Bradford on Avon News - Plant fair is set for Sunday visitors
MORE than 1,000 people are expected to attend plant fair at Great Chalfield Manor, near Melksham, on Sunday.
Bradford on Avon News - Dementia Friends campaign gathers support
A CAMPAIGN to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia has got the support of a Bradford on Avon volunteer.
Bradford on Avon News - Campaign to save Bradford on Avon skate park
YOUNGSTERS in Bradford on Avon have launched a Save our Skate park campaign after the town's existing facility was removed by Wiltshire Council following vandalism.
Bradford on Avon News - Appeal for witnesses
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man involved in a crash was assaulted by another driver on the B3105 at Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Sailing club is keen to attract new members
BRADFORD on Avon Sailing Club is staging an event in the town centre tomorrow to attract new members.
Bradford on Avon News - Ex-serviceman says Loch Ness charity ride was 'unforgettable'
EX-SERVICEMAN Peter Anders said riding around the Loch Ness in aid of Macmillan Cancer was an ‘unforgettable’ experience.
Bradford on Avon News - Homeless man in court for shoplifting
A HOMELESS man will appear before Salisbury magistrates on May 11 charged with shoplifting from shops in Bradford on Avon and Chippenham.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford council aims to take on Culver Close playing field
PLANS by Bradford on Avon Town Council to take over the Culver Close playing field from Wiltshire Council are progressing, with councillors continuing to negotiate for the best deal on the transfer.
Bradford on Avon News - £800k hydropower plans at Avoncliff Weir scuppered
PLANS for a £800,000 hydropower scheme at Avoncliff Weir to produce electricity for the National Grid look to have been scuppered by a local resident.
Bradford on Avon News - Stamp of approval
A WILTSHIRE artist has designed a new set of six stamps released by the Royal Mail.