The Tithe Barn in Bradford on Avon is a remarkable building and has stood here for over 600 years. Built around 1400 it served Shaftesbury Abbey collecting the tithes of the local farmers. It stands next to the Kennet and Avon Canal, and so if you’re walking or cycling on the Sustrans Route 4, it’s an ideal stop-off point.
Estimates say that it could go back to 1332 but definitely built before 1337 as my research now shows. In the video, I mention 1400, but it was the granary which was added in 1400.
The building and site are owned and managed by English Heritage, access if free for visitors. The River Avon is also very close with plenty of grass for a picnic on a nice day or call in at one of the cafes. A gift shop is situated in one of the old buildings plus it’s worth having a look at the various craft shops and cafe in the adjoining Tithe Barn workshops.
If you would like a substantial meal, go onto the canal towpath, heading east, and you will arrive at several pubs or walk into the town centre for an even greater choice of eateries.
I hope you enjoy the video, and please do subscribe to my channel, Roland’s Travels for more videos in the future. Here is another video, A Walk Around Bradford on Avon, where we take a look at the town centre and the many fine buildings that are of historic interest.