Introduction to Avoncliff

Introduction to Avoncliff

Avoncliff is a hamlet in the Parish of Westwood and comprises 27 homes (3 of which are actually in the parish of Winsley), several boat homes and a public house. The hamlet lies in the bottom of the valley formed by the River Avon and is divided into 3 sectors by the Kennet and Avon...
Bed and Breakfast in Bradford on Avon

Bed and Breakfast in Bradford on Avon

Well, not exactly in Avoncliff. But our old neighbors run Wharfinger House Bed and Breakfast in Bradford on Avon. Wharfinger House Bed & Breakfast is a tastefully refurbished beautiful Georgian house built in the early 1800`s for the wharf manager, it has a superb location overlooking the lock on the Kennet and Avon canal, in the...
Diamond Jubilee in Avoncliff

Diamond Jubilee in Avoncliff

Diamond Jubilee Party
Avoncliff - The Secret History of an Industrial Hamlet in War and Peace

Avoncliff – The Secret History of an Industrial Hamlet in War and Peace

By Nick McCamley A thoroughly researched, well written and truly fascinating account of this diminutive Wiltshire community situated on the River Avon, Kennet and Avon Canal and Railway between Bradford on Avon and Bath. Particularly strong on social and industrial history.
Rebel Angel Shop

Rebel Angel Shop

We are located in the small hamlet of Avoncliff, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. The shop is next to the historic Cross Guns Pub, and overlooks the River Avon. It is small but full to the brim with hand-dipped candles, hand-rolled incense, carved statues, jewellery, and of course one of the largest selections of crystals, minerals and...
Railway Studio - Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Railway Studio – Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Self contained ground floor studio apartment in the garden of The Old Stables in the pretty hamlet of Avoncliff, two miles from the historic town of Bradford-on-Avon. Bedrooms: Double: 1 Bathrooms: En-suite shower Distance: 2 miles from Bradford on Avon Town Centre www.railwaystudio.co.uk
Floating Community

Floating Community

Over the years that the canal has been in existence, its use has developed from the carriage of materials, the transportation of people on the ‘packet boats’ and, at the turn of the millennium, recreation and permanent residence. In the year 2000, the number of boat dwellers based at Avoncliff varied but approximately 10 boats,...
The Avoncliff Community Group

The Avoncliff Community Group

The Avoncliff Community Group represents the community that live & work in Avoncliff and meets regularly to discuss issues that may effect the community and offers a channel for ideas for making Avoncliff a pleasant place to live, work & visit. Avoncliff is within the area covered by the adopted West Wiltshire District Plan. This...

Avoncliff Halt – A HALT NO MORE

A lot has happened at Avoncliff Halt since the West Wiltshire Railway Users Group appeared in 1989: then we had an average of 8 ‘on request’ (of which more later) trains a day in each direction. There were no shelters, no information points, no seats, and (though we didn’t know it at the time) no...
The Railway in Avoncliff

The Railway in Avoncliff

When the railway was constructed it consisted of a single broad gauge track, the width being 7ft 1/4inch, though the cuttings, embankment and ballast were all built to take a double track of broad gauge. It was planned to open the 91/2 mile track from Bradford junction to Bathampton on 20th January, 1857, but upon...
The Old Court Hotel (Known now as Ancliff Square)

The Old Court Hotel (Known now as Ancliff Square)

The Old Court, a square horseshoe-shaped building facing north towards the river and situated at the western end of Avoncliff, was built as a group of weavers’ cottages during the late 18th century. Over the years, The Old Court has changed use from the Bradford Union Workhouse from 1836 to 1914, a convalescent home for...

Ancliff Square

1770’s – Weavers Cottages Built as a group of weavers’ cottages in the late 1770’s the building known at the turn of the millennium as Ancliff Square was in turn… the Bradford Union Work House from 1836 to 1914… a convalescent home for wounded soldiers during the 1914-18 war…a residential Hotel, known as ‘The Old...

Avoncliff Mills

There have been mills in Avoncliff from at least the sixteenth century, when a grist and fulling mill existed, under one roof, and since when it is known that a weir adjoined the mills. The mill on the Winsley side of the river had numerous owners through the centuries and in 1737 it was advertised...
Avoncliff Aqueduct

Avoncliff Aqueduct

The Aqueduct carries the canal over the River Avon and dominates the hamlet; unfortunately, its central arch sagged immediately after construction and John Rennie is said to have regretted using stone. The aqueduct consists of three arches and is 110 yards long. A stone at the top of the parapet in the bay on the...
Earthworks Healing

Earthworks Healing

Earthworks offers a range of workshops and qualification courses in Crystal Healing and other forms of healing Earthworks has college accreditation through the General Natural Practitioners’ Guild, and is recognised by the Association for Therapeutic Healers. Classes are small, with a maximum of 12 students per class (fewer in some cases), and held in a...
The Neem Tree Trust Charity

The Neem Tree Trust Charity

The Neem Tree Trust aims are: To advance the education and vocational training of the residents of a disabled boys’ home located near to Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, South India. To support the work of St Luke’s Leprosarium, Peikulam in the District of Thoothukudi in caring for leprosy patients and their children. To relieve poverty and...
Avoncliff Childrens Books

Avoncliff Childrens Books

Bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon: An Introduction for Children and Armchair Travellers Buy the Book Find out more: www.bhutan-an-introduction.co.uk Want to know more about this Himalayan Kingdom? The author, Freda Ferne, is available to work with schools (20 years teaching experience) and also gives talks to groups large and small. Lots of display items including...
why an Avoncliff website?

why an Avoncliff website?

Why the Avoncliff website? Well….good question. Long before this website ever existed, just in the woods on the side of the bank of the canal, there existed a strange wooden construction, made from twigs, branches all tied together to form a strange web. This was no ordinary web, this was the first ever Avoncliff website....
K&A Canal – 200 Year Anniversary

K&A Canal – 200 Year Anniversary

Buried clothes riddle solved

Buried clothes riddle solved

Buried treasure: Clare Pugh and her son Flynn (pictured above) found a hoard of hats, buckles, buttons and braces scattered around in the soil while out walking at Avoncliff. One of the more curious collections of objects brought into Finds Day was a hoard of old black felt hats, shoes, buckles, braces and buttons found...