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Bradford-on-Avon Town Bridge

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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  • Uploaded on January 29, 2013
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    by Rosalyn Hilborne
    • 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
    • No flash