I’ve been very quiet for the last week (although Gordon would probably dispute that) on account of my laptop being in laptop hospital in Devizes being sorted out by the extremely helpful Ian from Blue Sky Computing (no he didn’t pay me to say that!). All better now – phew! You don’t realise how dependent you are on technology until it’s taken away from you!
We’ve been carrying on up the Kennet and Avon Canal with our next stopping point after Avoncliff being Bradford-on-Avon a picture perfect town absolutely packed with old buildings.
A visit to the Tourist Information Centre furnished us with a map and a description of a walk round Bradford that would take in most of its sights. First on the agenda was St Laurence’s Chapel. A saxon church built in the first century and completely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1875.
Back down the hill, through the laneways and narrow streets you get back to the river and the Packhorse Bridge which dates back to the 14th century and was used to bring produce over to the nearby Tithe Barn.
The Tithe Barn was built in the mid 1300s to store the produce from Barton Farm which belonged to the Benedictine nunnery of Shaftesbury Abbey. Although it was a completely secular building its space and light and beautiful roof timbers are reminiscent of a cathedral.
Doing a bit of digging on Google led me to this piece of information. “‘Millie’ herself represents Bradford’s long association with wool and cloth and symbolises ‘Clotho’ – one of three Greek fates who spun out, measured and cut off women’s lives. The English word ‘Cloth’ derives from her name.” Who’d have thought it!
We had a fascinating and rather energetic day. It’s as well we enjoyed it because we had to do it all again the following day when Gordon’s sister Heather came to visit.