History

Bathford, an ancient parish.

Bathford is a very old parish, listed in the 1086 Domes Day Book, where it is called Forde. It had a mill then and still has today, though not powered by the By-Brook any more. The parish stretches from Shockerwick in the north to Conkwell in the south, including Warleigh. The old village lies between the Great Western Railway and the road to Bradford on Avon, and stretches up towards Bathford hill, or Farleigh Down as it has been called.
Employment through the ages has been, farming, the mill, quarrying and the usual village trades of butcher, baker, milkmen, gardeners, blacksmith, laundry, pubs, etc. and shops Until the 20th century the village was largely self-contained where people lived and worked in the parish. During the 20th century, however, Bathford started to look outwards with people working outside the parish but living in the village.

At one time Bathford probably had more pubs than normal in a village of its size due to the number of residents working in the quarry extracting Bath limestone; thirsty work. All but one have now closed leaving The Crown at the bottom of Bathford Hill still providing food and ales and acting almost as a gateway to the village. The last pub to close was the Inn, sometime called the New Inn, standing in a commanding position at the top of Bathford Hill. When it closed in 1994. It became the village Post Office and general stores. With the government cutbacks of 2006 the post office was closed and it reopened as a community shop with a paid manager but staffed by volunteers from the locality.

Probably due to its proximity to Bath, Bathford has a significant number of large houses or mansions most built during the 1700s and 1800s, such as Titan Barrow, Rock House, Eagle House, Sycamore House, and Bathford Manor. In the north of the parish stands Shockerwick House, a grade one listed mansion built in the 1750s by John Wood the Elder, now a BUPA Care home. In the south, Warleigh Manor nestles in the valley close to the river Avon. The present building was built in 1815 to replace a much older building.  The manor had been in the Skrine family since the 16th century until 1956 when the line ended with the death of Miss Anna Dorothea Skrine. It then became a series of schools before a developer turned it into luxury apartments.

The church at the southern end of Church Street, has origins back to Saxon times although the present building is a Victorian rebuild in the 1870s. There is a pre-school called the Pepper Pot, taking its name from the local name for the tower at the top of the hill, normally called Brown’s Folly. Next to this school is the main junior school which has an excellent reputation.
There is a strong community spirit in the parish with numerous clubs and societies, such as drama (Bathford Players), Bathford Society (Local History), etc. holding meetings regularly in the Parish Hall in Church Street. Details of the events are published monthly in the Bathford Bulletin, issue free to every house in the parish. The Bathford Parish Council website also carries links to most of the parish clubs and societies.

David Howells. 1st November 2016

For more information on Bathford, a guide is available in the village shop which gives a slightly expanded history, details of the main buildings, a stylised map and descriptions of some walks. For more detailed information, with many coloured illustrations, the shop also stocks ‘Bathford, Past & Present’ Second edition by David Howells.

Gallery of Photographs

 

Included below are a small selection of pictures taken in and around Bathford parish.

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Essential roadworks on A4 London Road and A36 Cleveland Place

Road users are being advised about essential roadworks and improvements taking place during the next few months in Bath’s A4 London Road and A36 Cleveland Place.   Work will start from February 19 and motorists are encouraged to plan for longer journey times than usual or use alternative routes.   London Road/Cleveland Place junction will be resurfaced together with the rebuilding of the Cleveland Bridge toll house, which was damaged in an accident last year.   Gas works are also being carried out at this time to avoid further disruption again later in the year.   Councillor Mark Shelford (Conservative, Lyncombe) cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “These are essential works and unfortunately there will be delays for motorists but we ask you to be patient with us while the work is carried out. Extended working hours will be in operation in order that the works can be completed as quickly as possible and to minimise disruption.”   The work programme is as follows:   19th February for up to 12 days: Wales & West gas works in London Road near its junction with Thomas Street. The work will result in a lane closure.  The lane restrictions will need to be in place 24 hours because of an open excavation.   5th March for up to two weeks: repairs

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CiL Funding – 2016/17

Name of Parish – Bathford Reporting Year – 1st April 2016- 31 March 2017 A. What is the Total CIL income carried over from previous years?..£0 B. What is the Total CIL income received (receipts)?.£11,316 C. Total CIL spent (expenditure)?..£0 D. What is the Total CIL repaid following a repayment notice? NA E. Total CIL retained at year end (A+B-C-D)…£11,316 CIL Expenditure None – Total Spent ….£0 Prepared by – Jon Cooper Position – Parish Clerk Verified by – Cllr Sue Barclay Position – Finance Ctte Chair


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