Bradford-on-Avon

Lying on the River Avon, the Kennet and Avon Canal, the A363 Trowbridge to Bath road, and the old Great Western Railway, the town has always been on a significant transportation route. It grew from an early Roman settlement at a ford across the river (hence the original name Broad-Ford), to a bridge crossing in Norman times, to a prosperous wool town in the 17th century. Today, the town retains much of its early heritage, from an 8th century Saxon church, the original 11th  century Norman bridge (widened in the 17th century it has pointed Norman arches on the upriver side and newer curved arches on the down), a 14th century Tithe barn, and buildings dating from its prosperous days as a wool town. The economy is now largely retail shopping and tourism and servicing the local population. We had explored the town in the fall of 2017 and a traffic diversion causing traffic jams in the spring dissuaded us from expanding our exploration. Even so, we had pleasant memories from the fall and recount them in the slide show.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
by David E. Moon
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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Bradford-on-Avon

Lying on the River Avon, the Kennet and Avon Canal, the A363 Trowbridge to Bath road, and the old Great Western Railway, the town has always been on a significant transportation route. It grew from an early Roman settlement at a ford across the river (hence the original name Broad-Ford), to a bridge crossing in Norman times, to a prosperous wool town in the 17th century. Today, the town retains much of its early heritage, from an 8th century Saxon church, the original 11th  century Norman bridge (widened in the 17th  century it has pointed Norman arches on the upriver side and newer curved arches on the down), a 14th century Tithe barn, and buildings dating from its prosperous days as a wool town. The economy is now largely retail shopping and tourism and servicing the local population. We had explored the town in the fall of 2017 and a traffic diversion causing traffic jams in the spring dissuaded us from expanding our exploration. Even so, we had pleasant memories from the fall and recount them in the slide show.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
Slideshow Slideshow