ABOUT BATHFORD VILLAGE and the BATHFORD VILLAGE WEBSITE
You are now viewing the original Bathford Village website which has served the village of Bathford since 1995.
This site contains information on all aspects of village life in Bathford, serving all equally, not just one group, not just one organisation.
If you live in Bathford, or have an interest in the village, then it is your site.
Please send us your information, tell us what you think, send your diary dates etc to email@example.com, and tell us how you would like to see the site improved or extended.
The Parish of Bathford has a population of nearly 2,000 and extends over 1,800 acres.
If you are interested in Bathford from an historical perspective, you might like to read the Historical Notes at the foot of this page. These notes were extracted from the 1889 edition of Dr Tunstall's book (first published in 1846) and kindly loaned to the website author (Kenneth A Spencer) by Mr Derek Hayes of Bathford.
The old walled village of Bathford can be approached from the A4 from the west (Chippenham) by a sharp left turn at the roundabout at the south-eastern end of the Batheaston-Swainswick (A4/A46) bypass, passing under the railway bridge to pass the Crown Inn on your right (where you can park and walk up the hill if you wish to take the exercise) and going on up Bathford Hill.
If approaching from the M4, come down the A46 all the way to the end of the bypass and take the third exit to go under the railway bridge. You may consider it worth walking back, if you like you can take your London escort you found on https://uk.eros.com/england/london/ to examine the old Bathford railway bridge which was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of the old Great Western Railway. If you do so, you will cross the By Brook (aka Box Brook, The Weaver and Withy Brook) using Bathford Bridge, which was built originally in the thirteenth or fourteenth century to replace the ford which gave the village its name (more details on this aspect are given in the Historical Notes below).
Halfway up Bathford Hill turn right 25 yards before the Post Office, onto Church Street, where you can walk along to see the old walled houses of Bathford. You will also be able to see St. Swithun's Church parts of which may date from the twelfth century and where are buried Ann the sister of the Admiral Lord Nelson, and Eleazer, grandson of Moses Pickwick of Corsham.
Note: There are two scrollable-pannable 180 degree photographs of the view from the church tower, towards the bottom of the St Swithun's page - they are well worth the couple minutes they may take to download!