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 - Doves represent those who died
STRINGS of 184 hand-crafted paper doves across one of Bradford on Avon’s historic shopping streets are a dramatic symbol of peace.
Bradford on Avon News - Six-foot tall rabbit sure to be star of the show
THE award-winning Bradfordians return to the stage with a six-foot high rabbit called Harvey for their next production, which opens on Thursday.
Bradford on Avon News - Plans to bring hall back to use
A CIVIC tea at the former home of Dr Alex Moulton in Bradford on Avon launched the town’s Countdown to Peace programme.
Bradford on Avon News - High-tech firm wins top award
BRADFORD on Avon-based AB Dynamics has won the Global Achievement Award at the 2018 AIM Awards.
Bradford on Avon News - Children get a taste of life on Western Front
CHILDREN from Holt Primary School experienced a taste of life on the Western Front when they visited a replica First World War trench system in Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Illegal immigrants jailed after Bradford cannabis farm discovered
A PAIR of Albanians caught in a multi million pound cannabis farm down a disused mine in Bradford on Avon have been jailed for 18 months.
Bradford on Avon News - Artist fails to qualify
AMATEUR artist Andrea Cryer from Bradford on Avon has failed in her bid to reach the semi-final of this year’s Landscape Artist of the Year competition.
Bradford on Avon News - Firm plans second factory
AB Dynamics at Bradford on Avon has submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council for a second purpose-built manufacturing centre.
Bradford on Avon News - Youngster clinches award
A YOUNG actor from Bradford on Avon has won a top award for his portrayal of wartime evacuee William Beech in a production of Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting wartime tale, Goodnight Mr Tom.
Bradford on Avon News - ‘Eyes of the world’ will be on Stonehenge
TIME Team expert and Wiltshire archaeologist Phil Harding says the “eyes of the world” will be watching if the Government decides to go ahead with controversial plans for a 1.9-mile tunnel past the world-famous Stonehenge monument.
Bradford on Avon News - Lorry Watch gets fifth prosecution
WILTSHIRE Police and Wiltshire Council trading standards have notched up their fifth successful prosecution under the Bradford on Avon Lorry Watch scheme this year.
Bradford on Avon News - Book charts history of Irishman’s War
A BRADFORD on Avon and Wiltshire councillor has written a book on his great uncle who fought in the First World War.
Bradford on Avon News - Shopkeeper is ‘gutted’ by theft
THE owner of the Village Shop and Post Office in Westwood says he is “absolutely gutted” after being the victim of a £2,100 distraction theft.
Bradford on Avon News - Man jailed for attack on partner
A man who launched a savage attack on his partner when she tried to end the relationship has been jailed for four years - and ordered to keep out of Bradford on Avon until 2033.
Bradford on Avon News - Solar panels will help power hall
TOWN councillors in Bradford on Avon are hoping to install 78 solar panels on the south-facing roof of St Margaret’s Hall in the town.
Bradford on Avon News - Amateur artist has a unique technique
AMATEUR artist Andrea Cryer from Bradford on Avon has been chosen from hundreds to compete in this year’s Landscape Artist of the Year competition.
Bradford on Avon News - Lottery cash funds WW1 programme
THE Countdown to Peace initiative in Bradford on Avon has received a £9,500 grant from the National Lottery Fund.
Bradford on Avon News - Poppies galore for 100th anniversary
MORE than 3,000 knitted poppies are to go on display in Winsley in November for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the end of the First World War.
Bradford on Avon News - Pumpkin Trail proves a big family attraction
CHILDREN from Bradford on Avon and beyond are following the town’s Pumpkin Trail to compete for prizes.
Bradford on Avon News - Will we get Bath’s traffic?
FEARS are growing that traffic congestion and pollution could increase in Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge if Bath & North East Somerset Council introduces a Clean Air Zone charging system.