In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Bradford on Avon like this:
Bradford on Avon, par. and market town, N. Wilts, 9 miles SE. of Bath and 98 miles W. of London by rail -- par., 11,310 ac., pop. 8259; town, pop. 4922; 2 Banks; kerseymere was first made here, but the woollen mfrs. of B. have declined in importance. The church of St Laurence is the only perfect Saxon church in England. The town is situated on both sides of the Avon, which is here crossed by two bridges.
Bradford on Avon is now part of West Wiltshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Wiltshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Bradford on Avon itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bradford on Avon in West Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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