History of Bradford on Avon
Primitive Life at Budbury
Bradford on Avon began life as an Iron Age community over two and a half millennia ago. At that time a tribe settled on a site of about six acres of headland with a view of forested hillsides and the marshy river valley. Protected by steep escarpments they lived a primitive life until the Roman occupation.
The Weavers' Cottages
Today the historic buildings of Bradford on Avon are complemented by the beautiful surrounding countryside with varied activities for residents and visitors. Some buildings are even looked after by the Preservation Trust, who campaigns and helps to restore buildings of importance to the architectural heritage in Bradford on Avon. Several buildings in and around the town have been designated for renovation and redevelopment from 2012 and onwards. In 1998 the Wiltshire Music Centre was established, the Millie millennium sculpture was unveiled in 2000 and in 2003 Bradford was granted a Fairtrade status. It is a fascinating trip through history and this charming spot well deserves its reputation as ‘one of the most beautiful towns in the country’.