Bradford-on-Avon Town Bridge

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The Town Bridge crosses the 'broad ford' on the Avon which is probably the origin of the name Bradford-on-Avon. There may have been a wooden or tree bridge over the ford in Saxon times but the Normans built the first stone bridge. It was narrow and dangerous and built without parapets so people kept falling into the river. The width of the bridge was doubled by the construction of another alongside it. Two ribbed and pointed arches of the original Norman bridge can still be seen on the eastern side and if you look under the bridge you can see the join! On the bridge is a small building which was originally a chapel. The fish on the weather vane is a Gudgeon, an early christian symbol. However, the chapel was later used as a small prison or "Blind House" where local Bradford-on-Avon drunks and troublemakers were left overnight to cool off!

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Comments (52)

♦Rosa♦ on February 10, 2013

Thank you Elemér. I am pleased you like it.

Greetings, Rosa.

José Mª Alvarez Soli… on February 28, 2013

A very beautiful photo and a beautiful reflection.

I Like

Greetings from Spain. José Mª

♦Rosa♦ on February 28, 2013


Thank you for your kind comment.

Greetings, Rosa.

zhsv on March 8, 2013

| | | Nice,
• • • regards from Minsk ! ! ! zhsv

♦Rosa♦ on March 8, 2013

zhsv, thank you very much.

Regards, Rosa.

mimmo valenti on March 25, 2013

Beautiful scenary and fine composition


Greetings Mimmo

♦Rosa♦ on March 26, 2013

mimmo valenti

Thank you for your kind remark and like Mimmo.

Best wishes, Rosa.

Eva Barchewitz on March 28, 2013

Sehr schönes Foto Like Liebe Grüße Eva

Paolo Savigni on June 9, 2013

Great shot, with beautiful reflections!
Greetings, Paolo

♦Rosa♦ on June 9, 2013

paolo savigni

Thank you Paolo. I am pleased you like it.

Greetings, Rosa.

MarioTs on July 2, 2013

The mirror !! very nice Rosa



♦Rosa♦ on July 2, 2013


Thank you Mario. I appreciate the YsL.

Greetings, Rosa.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 29, 2013
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    by ♦Rosa♦
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ10
    • Taken on 2013/01/06 13:43:05
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 4.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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