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Reprinted with revisions in 2020:

BRADFORD ON AVON … a town like no other



Published in 2019:

BRADFORD ON AVON … a town like no other

Something like this book, or booklet, had been in the back of my mind for several years. I knew there was a likely demand for a handy, introductory guide to the town from our many visitors and new residents. I didn’t want it to be anything like A Book of Newton Abbot, my first effort and an attempted comprehensive town history, published way back in 1979 and still selling. Bradford on Avon … a town like no other is a 32 page booklet, generously illustrated with colour photographs and a specially drawn map in the centre-fold.

It takes the form of a guided exploration which includes many noteworthy sites of interest and some not so well known. In addition there are sections on the once all-important Woollen Cloth and Rubber industries, the Saxon Church and Holy Trinity, the Kennet & Avon Canal, the Railway and the Roman Villa. The result is intended to be an informative and accessible introduction to this remarkable small town.

My first book, first published in 1979, was about Newton Abbot in Devon, the town in which I was resident between 1976 and 1980 after which I moved to Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. I have now lived here for forty years so feel I have bookended my publishing career with a second book about the town I inhabit.


I originally published Where Wiltshire Meets Somerset in 1982 and it continues to sell steadily. I completed all the routes once more in December 2018 and January 2019 and produced an updated edition in February 2019.

I compiled a second volume, Beyond Where Wiltshire Meets Somerset, which I published in 2015. This too, has sold through which encouraged me to produce a new and revised edition, having rewalked all the routes later in 2019.

Other than maintaining my two books of walks, I am no longer actively adding titles to our West Country list. Of our books specifically on the town, Bradford on Avon: Past & Present (which began life in 1988) is out of print. Bradford Voices was first published in 1998, an enlarged and revised edition published in 2011 and reprinted in 2019.



I began work on this book several years ago but, enjoying a quiet patch in early 2016, at last managed to complete it. It is basically a record of my publishing activities since I wrote and published my first effort back in 1979. Yes, it is autobiographical but I hope it says something interesting and perhaps enlightening about the experience of a one-man-band publisher of mostly local interest books in a small provincial town.