North Bradley

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North Bradley
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Church Lane, North Bradley
North Bradley is located in Wiltshire
North Bradley
North Bradley
North Bradley shown within Wiltshire
Population 1,754 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST856552
Civil parish
  • North Bradley
Unitary authority
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Trowbridge
Postcode district BA14
Dialling code 01225
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website Parish Council
List of places
51°17′46″N 2°12′29″W / 51.296°N 2.208°W / 51.296; -2.208Coordinates: 51°17′46″N 2°12′29″W / 51.296°N 2.208°W / 51.296; -2.208

North Bradley is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, between Trowbridge and Westbury. The village is about 1.75 miles (2.8 km) south of Trowbridge town centre. The parish includes most of the village of Yarnbrook, and the hamlets of Brokerswood, Cutteridge and Drynham.


North Bradley village is about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Trowbridge town centre but retains a distinct identity, being separated from the town by small fields (one of which is the home of Trowbridge Town football club).

The north-south road through the village was formerly the A363 but this was diverted to the north in the late 1990s when White Horse Business Park was developed.

The parish extends some 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of North Bradley village, beyond Brokerswood to the boundary with the county of Somerset, near Rudge.

The River Biss flows through the parish. A biological Site of Special Scientific Interest is at Picket Wood and Clanger Wood near Yarnbrook at the extreme east of the parish.

Local villages in include Southwick, Yarnbrook and Rode.


At the time of the Domesday Book, North Bradley was part of the manor of Steeple Ashton, in the hundred of Whorwellsdown.[2] It was within Selwood Forest until 1300.

The manor of North Bradley was held by the Long family, jointly with South Wraxall Manor until the death of Walter Long in 1610. After disputes over the inheritance, the manor was settled on his younger son, also Walter, and descended with the Long family of Draycot Cerne.[2] The manor was used mainly as dower or to provide annuities for younger daughters of the Tylney-Long Baronets of Draycot Cerne. Miss Rachel Long (d. 1781) created two charities for the poor of both parishes based on a charge of £5 each on the manor of North Bradley and this was still being paid well into the early 20th century.[3] The manor descended through the Tylney-Longs and Long-Wellesleys until it was finally sold by Henry Wellesley, 1st Earl Cowley in 1864; then in 1879 it was bought by Walter Hume Long of Rood Ashton.[2]

Southwick was a tithing of the parish until it became a separate civil parish in 1866.[4]


The village has a primary school[5] and a pub, the Rising Sun.

North Bradley Cricket Club[edit]

2008 NBCC team

North Bradley Cricket Club was first formed in 1867. In 1951 Peace Memorial Field was established, providing the team with its first real home field. By the mid-1980s the club was on a downward turn, and was in need of revival. Dennis Jones helped re-establish the club, beginning with ‘Father and Son’ and ‘Cricket Club vs Football Club’ matches. In 1999, the club entered the Wessex Midweek League and managed to win the championship with an unbeaten record. Between 2005 and 2011 the club played in the Wiltshire County Cricket League.


A Particular Baptist church was established in 1775 and a chapel opened at North Bradley in 1780.[6] In 1961 a new building was opened on the same site and the old chapel demolished. As of 2015 the church thrives as a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.[7]

There is also a Baptist chapel at Yarnbrook.

The Anglican Church of St Nicholas is Grade II* listed.[8] Dating from the 15th century, it was restored in 1862 by T.H. Wyatt.[9][10]

All Saints Church at Brokerswood is a "tin tabernacle" built with corrugated iron. First erected at Southwick, it was reassembled at Brokerswood in 1905.[11] As of 2015 the church is part of the Dilton Marsh ecclesiastical parish.[12]

Notable people[edit]

  • Emma Pierson (born 1981), actress, lived in North Bradley for 15 years


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 8 pp218-234 - North Bradley". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  3. ^ TNA Prob 11/1079 Will of Miss Rachel Long 1778
  4. ^ "North Bradley". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "North Bradley CE Primary School". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Baptist Chapel, North Bradley". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "North Bradley Baptist Church". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, North Bradley (1181520)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Church of St. Nicholas, North Bradley". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "St Nicholas, North Bradley". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Church of All Saints, Brokerswood". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "All Saints, Brokers Wood". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  • North Bradley: 100 years of cricket by Owen Hobbs

External links[edit]

Media related to North Bradley at Wikimedia Commons