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 - Miranda is making good progress from brain haemorrhage
BRADFORD on Avon teenager Miranda Meldrum is making good progress with her recovery from a brain haemorrhage in April which has left her unable to walk, talk or sing.
Bradford on Avon News - Shakespeare company on tour with Bottom's Dream
SHAKESPEARE Live returns this autumn with a local tour of Bottom’s Dream, following their successful summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Seend.
Bradford on Avon News - Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage. The couple met at a Cambridge folk club.
FOLK duo Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage will commemorate the 60th anniversary of folk legend Woody Guthrie’s death at their gig at the Wiltshire Music Centre in October.
Bradford on Avon News - School radio station hoping for mobile unit
CHILDREN at Westwood with Iford Primary School have been awarded £2,500 to enable them to aim for outside broadcasts.
Bradford on Avon News - Free theatre workshops in Bradford on Avon
A WEST Wiltshire theatre group is calling on all young actors and theatre makers to join them for a whirlwind of theatre workshops exploring and exploding fairy stories.
Bradford on Avon News - Big Colouring Event continues
THE Big Colouring Event event at Bradford on Avon Library will continue until the end of September. It formed part of the town’s Arts Festival.
Bradford on Avon News - Concert marks Balfour Declaration centenary
AROUND 160 people attended a concert in Bradford on Avon to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
Bradford on Avon News - Families crack the clues to find hidden treasure
A FAMILY treasure hunt around the village of Winsley has raised around £200 to be split between three charities.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford on Avon mother wins Miss Voluptuous UK title
A BRADFORD on Avon mother has won the Miss Voluptuous UK pageant title and a trip to the United States of America.
Bradford on Avon News - Woolley Wheelers conquer French mountain
A TEAM of local cyclists from Bradford on Avon have conquered a French mountain to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Bradford on Avon News - Outdoor sculptures take inspiration from nature
WEIRD and wonderful sculptures will adorn one of the National Trust’s leading gardens in West Wiltshire this autumn.
Bradford on Avon News - Runners signing up for 100th anniversary fun runs
MORE than 100 runners have already signed up to take part in the Bradford on Avon Lions Club’s fun runs this weekend.
Bradford on Avon News - Winsley beer and cider festival weathers storm
AROUND 200 people attended the beer and cider festival at the Winsley Social Club last weekend despite the thunder and lightning storms.
Bradford on Avon News - Fence appeal is dismissed
A HOLT man has been forced to take down a wooden fence he had recently erected or face enforcement action by Wiltshire Council.
Bradford on Avon News - Wiltshire Music Centre seeks votes for new lighting project
WILTSHIRE Music Centre has been shortlisted to receive £12,500 from the Marks & Spencer Energy Fund to help it upgrade its auditorium lighting to LEDs in its 20th Anniversary year.
Bradford on Avon News - Break Through the Silence - a concert for Miranda
THREE top class musicians are coming together at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon in October to raise funds for sick teenager Miranda Meldrum.
Bradford on Avon News - English Civil War forces could do battle in 2020
TOWN councillors in Bradford on Avon are considering whether to support plans to stage another English Civil War re-enactment event in three years’ time.
Bradford on Avon News - Arts festival concludes with a colourful display
THE 2017 Bradford on Avon Arts Festival will conclude this weekend with a lantern procession, fantastical light show and poetry competition awards ceremony.
Bradford on Avon News - Riding instructor raises over £1,000 by climbing three highest peaks
A BRADFORD on Avon horse riding instructor has climbed Britain’s three highest peaks in under 40 hours and raised more than £1,000 in the process.
Bradford on Avon News - Help for dementia carers
FAMILY carers of people living with dementia are invited to a free training course in Bradford on Avon on Friday, September 15.