Place:Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England

NameBradford on Avon
Alt namesBradfordsource: Family History Library Catalog
Bradford-on-Avonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Bearfieldsource: suburb
Woolleysource: suburb
Widbrooksource: hamlet in parish
Woolley Greensource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates51.333°N 2.2°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoBradford Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
West Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bradford on Avon (sometimes Bradford-on-Avon) is a town and civil parish in the west of Wiltshire, England, with a population of 9,402 at the 2011 census.

The history of the town can be traced back to Roman origins. It has several buildings dating from the 17th century, when the town grew due to the thriving English woollen textile industry.

The town lies partly on the Bristol Avon Valley, and partly on the hill that marks the Vale's western edge, eight miles southeast of Bath, Somerset, in the hilly countryside between the Mendip Hills, Salisbury Plain and the Cotswold Hills. The local area around Bath provides the Jurassic limestone (Bath Stone) from which the older buildings are constructed. The the Bristol Avon runs through the town. The town directly borders Trowbridge to the southeast.

The town includes the suburbs of Bearfield and Woolley; the parish includes the hamlets of Widbrook and Woolley Green.

Bradford on Avon was made an urban district in 1894 and the more rural part of the parish was broken off into another civil parish of Bradford Without which was placed in Bradford on Avon Rural District. Over time some sections of Bradford Without were merged back into the urban district.

There are two River Avons running through Wiltshire. The Bristol Avon, described here, is in the northwest of the county; the Hampshire Avon which flows south to Southampton is to be found west of Salisbury.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Bradford on Avon.

Research Tips

  • From this Ancestry page you can browse the Wiltshire parishes which have parish register transcripts online, quite often from very early dates. However, reading the early ones requires skill and patience. Transcriptions should also be in FamilySearch.
  • A further collection of online source references will be found on the county page for Wiltshire.

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