Bradford on Avon


 A walk from industry into elegance  

The town rises steeply from the  river  in terraces seemingly sculpted from the hillside. Unlike its hedonistic neighbour Bath, Bradford was unashamedly workaday and  business-like although its merchants and mill owners built exquisite neo-classical townhouses and surprisingly elegant mills in mellowed Bath stone. On the edge of town we see the site of a hermitage on our way to an architectural jewel, the nationally important Saxon church of  St  Laurence. A riverside path takes us to another  important  ancient  building, this time a massive fourteenth century tithe barn alongside  an old canal.  A walk to remember.

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