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 - Walkers set out to raise over £60,000 for charities
AN army of more than 500 men will step out today on the Bath Men’s Walk to help raise over £60,000 for two local charities.
Bradford on Avon News - Roadworks use a longer-lasting surface
DRIVERS in Bradford on Avon have faced lengthy delays this week because of road closures, while Wiltshire Council lays a new type of surface which should mean the new road lasts longer.
Bradford on Avon News - Roadworks postponed this weekend
PLANS to resurface a mini-roundabout in the centre of Bradford on Avon have been postponed this weekend because of forecasted wet weather.
Bradford on Avon News - Major roadworks cause long delays
DRIVERS trying to get through Bradford on Avon face long delays this week while Wiltshire Council contractors work on improvements to two major routes through the town.
Bradford on Avon News - Virgin Media misses services opportunity
ONE of Britain’s biggest telecoms companies has missed the opportunity to lay cables in part of Bradford on Avon for the next five years.
Bradford on Avon News - Hundreds of homes suffer loss of power
HUNDREDS of homes in the BA14 and BA 15 postcode areas suffered a loss of power following a series of loud bangs in a quiet Trowbridge street tonight.
Bradford on Avon News - Volunteers are the unsung heroes of Storm Emma
MANAGERS at Dorothy House Hospice Care in Winsley have said a big ‘Thank You’ to local people, Hospice staff and supporters for their generous efforts to help Hospice staff deliver patient care with minimum disruption despite the freezing conditions, snow and ice.
Bradford on Avon News - Road closure plans could cause chaos
WILTSHIRE Council has altered plans for two road closures in Bradford on Avon, meaning no traffic will be able to get through the town on the evening of March 11.
Bradford on Avon News - Women's 100 Group to launch in Bradford on Avon
A NEW Women’s 100 group set up in Bradford on Avon is planning a high-profile launch next week.
Bradford on Avon News - Novel scheme to help cut down on food waste
A NOVEL scheme to help reduce food waste in Bradford on Avon is appealing to local businesses and organisations to become a ‘Friend of the Fridge’.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford on Avon traders angry over visit from enforcement officer
ANGRY traders in Bradford on Avon have complained about visits from one of Wiltshire Council’s enforcement officers to investigate breaches of planning control.
Bradford on Avon News - Shop assistant gets 18-week suspended prison sentence
A SHOP assistant who stole £500 from the village shop and Post Office where she once worked for her step-father has been given an 18-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
Bradford on Avon News - House fire started in bedroom
DAMAGE caused by a fire that started in a bedroom was being cleared away this morning after fire crews put out the blaze at a home in Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon News - Ghostly apparition is caught on camera in Bradford
A GHOSTLY apparition has been caught on camera at a popular Bradford on Avon tea rooms.
Bradford on Avon News - Ducks get into line for annual Easter race day
BRADFORD on Avon mayor, Cllr David Garwood, has launched this year’s duck race event.
Bradford on Avon News - Restaurant owner wants to turn shop in Bradford into a children's nursery
THE owners of a restaurant and café are trying to turn a shop in Bradford on Avon’s busiest shopping area into a children’s nursery and creche.
Bradford on Avon News - Traffic and parking problems mars Dorothy House snowdrop event
DOROTHY House Hospice raised more than £2,600 from its 10th annual Snowdrop Open Garden charity event at Great Chalfield Manor, but there were problems with traffic and parking.
Bradford on Avon News - Trowbridge Mayor calling on golfers to tee-off in aid of Wiltshire Mind
GOLFERS will duke it out over 18 holes at Cumberwell Park in Bradford on Avon for a charity match in aid of Wiltshire Mind.
Bradford on Avon News - Push for pollution talks with leader
THE leader of Bradford on Avon Town Council has invited Baroness Jane Scott, the Conservative leader of Wiltshire Council, to visit the town to discuss air quality and pollution.
Bradford on Avon News - Bradford on Avon historian writes book on Second World War Luftwaffe dive-bombers
A BRADFORD on Avon historian has written a book on one of Germany’s most fearsome Second World War Luftwaffe dive-bombers.