A living postcard
This post has been a long time coming but we hope you'll agree it has been worth that wait! It charts our adventures this summer in Bradford on Avon, an absolutely beautiful town in Wiltshire.
You could say that Bradford on Avon lives somewhat in the shadow of its bigger cousin Bath although it more than holds its own. Many have nicknamed the town 'mini Bath' and that's well justified. As we’ve previously said Bath is gorgeous and packed with history. Bradford on Avon delivers the same experience but in a pint sized package!
Some of the buildings are so amazingly well preserved we were convinced we were on the set on a BBC period drama! But there’s nothing fictitious here. It's like jumping into a picture postcard of a classic British village!
At the heart of Bradford on Avon is the Saxon Church of St Laurence which dates back to 705, a simple but beautiful structure.
Although we absolutely love visiting grand cathedrals with ornate decorations and huge, coloured stained glass windows, the simplicity of the Saxon Church is just as breathtaking. We visited on a very quiet afternoon and had it all to ourselves so spent some quiet moments taking in the atmosphere and thinking about the goings on the building has witnessed for more than 1,000 years.
A few minutes walk from the church is the historic town centre of Bradford on Avon. It is small but jam-packed with buildings dating from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries which are a photographer's dream so Virginia was in her element!
Once I’d dragged Virginia away from snapping we took a stroll along the Kennet and Avon Canal as the sun shone down.
Always on the look-out for another adventure, I Googled to see what attractions were nearby. I discovered we weren’t far from Farleigh Hungerford Castle described as an "impressive 14th century castle with hidden treasures and a sinister past". We couldn't resist such a description! We'll post more about that adventure in another post.
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