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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Town Bridge in Bradford-on-Avon

The centre of Bradford-on-Avon developed around the ford across the river Avon, thus the origin of the town's name 'Broad-Ford'.

In Norman times, the stone bridge known today as Town Bridge (see below) was added. The Norman side of the bridge the visitor sees today is upstream and has pointed arches; the newer side has curved arches. Town Bridge is a grade I listed building.

On 2 July 1643, during the English Civil War, Royalists seized control of the bridge on their way to the Battle of Lansdowne. Another event from the 17th century to affect Town Bridge was the addition of a small building on the bridge. It was originally a chapel but later used as a gaol.


Town Bridge in Bradford-on-Avon
Town Bridge in Bradford-on-Avon is located at the conjunction of St Margaret's Street and Silver Street in central Bradford-on-Avon. Visitors should be sure to view Abbey Mill from the bridge. Also, visitors may want to visit the nearby American Museum, Bath Abbey, or Roman Baths.

Town Bridge in Bradford-on-Avon Map

© 2011 John Westby

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