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Bradford-on-Avon Town Information

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River Avon - Photo © Martin Clark
River Avon - Photo: Martin Clark CCL

  An important centre of the wool trade in the Middle Ages, this splendid town lies in a steep-sided hollow on the banks of the River Avon which is spanned by a magnificent 13th century, arched bridge. On the bridge is a domed building once used as a chapel for religious pilgrims.
Fifteenth century Westwood Manor is noted for its plasterwork, historic windows and topiary garden and a nearby 14th century tithe barn is one of the finest in Britain, measuring more than 160 feet.  

Westwood Manor - Photo © Rog Frost
Westwood Manor - Photo: Rog Frost CCL

St. Laurence's Church - Photo © Derek Hawkins
St. Laurence's Church - Photo: Derek Hawkins CCL

  Bradford’s most remarkable building, however, is the tiny church of St Lawrence.

Dating to the seventh century it was badly damaged by the Vikings but rescued by a local clergyman in the 19th century.

Nearby Iford Manor has Italianate pools, statues, terraces and panoramic views.