Place:Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England

NameBradford on Avon
Alt namesBearfieldsource: suburb
Woolleysource: suburb
Widbrooksource: hamlet in parish
Woolley Greensource: hamlet in parish
Bradfordsource: Family History Library Catalog
Bradford-on-Avonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
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

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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 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 [[wikipediaRiver Avon (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.


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

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