Bradford Park – perfect for first time buyers!

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Two double bedroom end terraced home perfect for first time buyers, with a 70ft west facing back garden, double glazing and a store room ripe for conversion into extra accommodation. Beautifully presented inside, with plenty of space in each room. Convenient for local Bradford Rd shops, local primary schools and bus routes. Ground floor has a wide entrance hall, kitchen, full width sitting room and a 16ft x 5ft10 storeroom that would make a fabulous study or 3rd bedroom with a bit of work. First floor houses two generous double bedrooms and a three piece white bathroom. Energy rating D. Gas central heating, cul de sac location, unrestricted street parking – don’t hang about calling as these homes always prove popular!

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From the city centre, proceed south up the A367 Wellsway and fork left onto Entry Hill. At the junction with Bradford Rd, turn left and then left again into Fox Hill. Turn third left into Bradford Park.

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Historical Notes

Coombe Down (the original spelling – “hill of the valley” in Old English) has been part of Bath’s history since the Roman occupation. Local Celtic tribes had a nearby settlement on Bathampton Down but the Romans first used Combe Down for stone quarrying and sheep farming (Cunliffe’s History of Bath notes a Roman lead seal from a wool bale found in Combe Down), especially since the area was convenient for the crossroads of two of Britain’s historical linear landmarks, the Wansdyke and the Roman Fosse Way, at Odd Down.
It was Ralph Allen who put Combe Down firmly on the map of Bath by purchasing 100 acres of land on the hill for quarrying then, in 1731, commissioning Bristol engineer John Pudmore to build a revolutionary mechanical railway down Prior Park Road/Ralph Allens Drive to the Avon wharf at Dolemeads (Widcombe).
Ralph Allen’s own house at Prior Park was built on land acquired by Allen, in 1728, which formerly belonged to the Prior of Bath. The house, designed by John Wood, was ready for occupation by 1741 ( a year before Ralph Allen became Mayor of Bath) and the landscaped gardens (designed by the poet Alexander Pope and the eminent landscape gardener Capability Brown) covered 28 acres of Widcombe hillside.

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