Excursion No 1 : Sunday 5th April 2020 (All day)
A Walk around Bradford on Avon
Excursion Leader: Jackie Thompson Phone: 01761 471701
e-mail: thomcus @gmail.com
An all-day outing to Bradford on Avon comprising a guided town walk in the morning and a visit to the town museum in the afternoon allowing self catering for lunch, picnic, pub, restaurant, café – there are plenty of possibilities. Our guide will be Ivor Slocombe a trustee of the Bradford on Avon museum.
The plan is to look at the architecture of the town ranging from weavers’ cottages to the 18th Century houses of rich clothiers and visiting the Saxon Church, medieval bridges, the lock up and Barton Farm with its 14th Century Tithe Barn. The town has seen major changes from being a prosperous woollen town to an industrial town based on the rubber and engineering industries with the coming of the canal and railways.
Since the decline of the manufacturing industries the centre of Bradford on Avon has undergone a significant change in recent years involving the redevelopment of the former Avon Rubber Works site to the north of the Town Bridge and the conversion of many other industrial buildings into residential use.
Allow one and a half hours for lunch. There are many eating places in and around the centre of the town and also some pleasant riverside gardens for a picnic.
In the afternoon the museum will be available and is in two parts, a standard local museum with material from Roman times through to the Industrial Age and a rescued Victorian Chemist’s shop from the town. It is hoped that Roger Clark the museum curator will be available during our visit.
Meeting time and place.
11 am outside the Tourist Information Centre, Westbury House, on the south side of the Town Bridge over the River Avon
Free car parking is available at the far end of the station car park in Zone B.
Public toilets are to be found behind the TIC and in the station car park
In view of the topography, steep narrow streets, pavements and steps as well as a lot of traffic – please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Please remember that you are responsible for your own safety and by joining the BACAS excursion you do so at your own risk.
Maximum participants – 20 Latest booking date – 22nd March
Cost: member’s priority £10 non-members £12