Bradford On Avon, England

Bradford on Avon is a small town on the western part of Wiltshire, England. Also written as Bradford-on-Avon, the town is partly on the Avon Valley and partly on the hills on the valley’s western side. Located about eight miles to the southeast of Bath, it has a population of around 9,500 people (2012 estimate).

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Archaeological excavations tell us that the Bradford on Avon area has seen human activity going back to at least the Roman period, based on the existence of Roman villa in the area. The name, which is derived from “broad ford”, grew out of a ford across the River Avon which lends it its name.

Following Norman Conquest, a new stone bridge was erected across the river. This bridge, still standing, is today a Grade I listed structure. It was the scene of heavy fighting during the English Civil War of 1643, when Royalists seized control of the bridge from the troops of the Parliamentarians.

Bradford on Avon had a tradition for wool and weaving. During the Industrial Revolution, a number of woollen mills were built in the area, turning it into a center for textile manufacturing. Today, with its wealth of historic buildings, together with shops, pubs and restaurants, Bradford on Avon has become a popular domestic tourist destination.

Visiting Bradford on Avon

From

London take the M4 motorway to Junction 17, then continue south on the A350 road until the roundabout with Bath Road (A4). Take the A4 heading west until junction with the A363. Head south on the A363 till you arrive in Bradford on Avon.

Sights & Attractions to visit in Bradford on Avon

  1. Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn
    Barn used for collecting taxes for the church. It is today a Grade II* listed heritage building.

  2. St Laurence’s Church, Bradford-on-Avon
    Saxon church which may have been founded by St Aldhelm around AD 705.

  3. Town Bridge and Chapel
    Bridge across the River Avon with adjacent chapel, together are a Grade I listed heritage structure.

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