|2nd building from left is the ancestral home|
|The weavers cottages|
Sauntering back down the hill I was astounded to see the Piha Surf and Ski shop on a side street. Piha is a Maori word and the name of a beach in Auckland. I simply had to find out two things; why it was called Piha and why there would be a surf and ski shop in the middle of Bradford on Avon, so called in to ask. It turns out that the owner is a New Zealander who still dreams of home and that many of the locals go to Cornwall to surf or Europe to ski and find it convenient to buy their gear in Bradford before they leave for their holidays. The owner told me that business is brisk.
Lunch time called and so did The Bridge Tea Rooms, a higgledy piggledy former blacksmith's cottage dating from 1675. With thick walls, deep set windows and a low door, that even I had to stoop to enter, it is as copy book picturesque as you could wish for. The waitresses dress in serving maids outfits and the cream teas are delicious and substantial.
Once fortified I walked beside the river and through pretty fields to Barton Farm and the stunning Tithe Barn. This took my breathe away. Dating from 1341 it is 168 feet long and has a colossal timber roof spanning it. The building is still in perfect condition and is so vast it inspires awe and wonder.
|Bradford - on Avon thatched cottage|
|White Swan Hotel 1500..|
ancestral home 2nd building to the right
|The Bridge Tea Rooms 1675|
|The old cloth mills beside the river|
Inside The Bridge Tea Rooms
|Bradford on Avon|