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Village appraisal 1998

  • BCA - 2018.1395
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  • 1998

This Bampton Village Appraisal was done in 1998. The areas covered include household data, how time is spent, education, housing and development, utilities and public services, health, social services and and community care, transportation, socia...

Bampton Community Archive

Village Appraisal 1966

  • BCA - 2018.1394
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  • 1966

In October 1966 the planning officer for Witney Rural District Council, M W Robinson, produce his report on a Bampton Appraisal. The areas covered include the population size, (1,600) Character, the people, principal road connections, schools, op...

Bampton Community Archive

Rose Gerring, born December 12th 1923, died September 2013

  • BCA - 2017.448
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  • Dec 12th 1923 to July 16th 2013

Bampton was very much enriched by the life of Rose Gerring because she took such an active part in so many areas and you can read about them in the eulogy. The two photographs - one was taken just post WWII at her home Sandford House and the othe...

Bampton Community Archive

Spring Gardens around Bampton in 2004

  • BCA - 2018.1389
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  • 2004

These pictures were all taken in Bampton in the spring of 2004. They show the flowers popular at the time in both small gardens and manor gardens. Fashions in plants change over the years so it was felt worthwhile to record this time.

Bampton Community Archive

WI Drama Group perform Aladdin. March 7th 1975

  • BCA - 2017.751
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  • 1975

The Women's Institute chose Aladdin for their annual pantomime in 1975. Carol Court played Aladdin; the princess by Sally Verdon, Sylvia Barney played Widow Twanky, Edna Amos was the Wicked Uncle, Ann Irvin was Sing-Sing and Audrey Court was...

Bampton Community Archive

Old Folk's Memories collected by Lloyd Hughes Owens in the 1970s

  • BCA - 2018.1364
  • Item
  • C20th

Lloyd Hughes Owens, headmaster of the National School in Church View up to its closure when the new school opened in 1960 was keen to capture the knowledge and thoughts of the 'Old Folks' of Bampton and this pdf is the result. It covers...

Bampton Community Archive

The war graves in Bampton's Cemetery

  • BCA - 2018.1393
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  • 1915 to 1969

War graves in Bampton Cemetery.War grave of:-1. A.G. Martin, ordinary seaman. died 3rd November 1918 H.M.S. Pembroke. Service number SS/9671.2. Lance Corporal S. Clark of the Royal Fusiliers. Died 28th May, 1915 aged 25.3. George Frederick Baylis...

Bampton Community Archive

Growing tobacco, curing, processing and more

  • BCA - 2018.1392
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  • unknown

I have no idea how the Archive came to have this item, it was in a box of all sorts handed to me to scan and put on the website. It is however, an interesting read all about the cultivation, curing, processing, making the leaves into a cake and c...

Bampton Community Archive

General Election May 6th 2010

  • BCA - 2018.1391
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  • May 6th 2010

There was a general election May 6th 2010 and the flyers in the pdf were sent to homes in Bampton and I imagine others also. They were from David Cameron, Conservative; Stuart Macdonald, Green Party; Colin Bex the Wessex regional candidate so I d...

Bampton Community Archive

General election May 7th 2015

  • BCA - 2018.1390
  • Item
  • May 7th 2015

On May 7th 2015 there were elections for MPs at a general election. There are a couple of newspaper articles here but the other 42 items are all flyers by David Cameron, Conservative; Andy Graham, Liberal Democrat; Christopher Tompson, UKParents ...

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Town Hall

  • BCA - 2018.1388
  • Item
  • 1838

From the Witney Gazette February 28th 2018.“George and William Wilkinson, both born in Witney in the early 19th century, helped design key public buildings in the centre of Bampton that are still used to this day.Collected by archivists, pictures ...

Bampton Community Archive

Floods in Bampton

  • BCA - 2018.1387
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  • 1932-2010

Parts of Bampton have always flooded, It's low lying country and in a really heavy downpour the water table rises and people get flooded. In 2008 Kit Jackson, then in her late 80s told me when she was a girl, the children were taken in a cr...

Bampton Community Archive

Felling the dead elm trees behind Glebelands mid 1970s

  • BCA - 2018.1385
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  • mid 1970s

With the dreadful spread of dutch elm disease in the late 1960s and on into the 1970s most trees died and had to be cut down before they blew down. The change in our landscape was very noticeable losing these magnificent trees. These two picture...

Bampton Community Archive

Terry Rouse and 'The Italian Job'

  • BCA - 2018.1384
  • Item
  • 1980s

When Francis Shergold's Bampton Traditional Morris Men went to dance in Italy in 1978 they learnt a new dance. When they went to do the dance on Whit Monday in Bampton, Terry Rouse couldn't remember the name they'd given to the dan...

Bampton Community Archive

The Elephant & Castle Inn in Bridge Street

  • BCA - 2018.1383
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These pictures give a flavour of the appearance of the Elephant & Castle through the twentieth century and on into the twenty first when it became a private dwelling. Starting with a time when transport was mostly horse-drawn, then with a bul...

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Church Bellringers' savings book 1959-1972

  • BCA - 2017.275
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  • Feb 2nd 1959 - Aug 24th 1972

This savings account with the Midland Bank was used to earn interest on monies received by the bellringers, for ringing for weddings, who during the period of this savings account used the money to buy new ropes when needed and grease to lubricate...

Bampton Community Archive

Bridge Street in the twentieth century

  • BCA - 2018.1379
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  • twentieth century

These photographs show the changing face of Bridge Street mostly though the twentieth century. If anyone knows who the three young boys are outside the Elephant and Castle please tell the Archive via the link on the home page and quote 2018.1379....

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The Bell Inn, in the Market Square

  • BCA - 2018.1378
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

The building that was The Bell Inn is now (in 2018) the Village Hall. In these pictures you will see it behind the railings and next to a shop on its western side called Robinson which sold meat and general stores. On its eastern side was a bake...

Bampton Community Archive

A Bampton CE School Project called Bampton Through Time

  • BCA - 2018.1377
  • Item
  • early 2000s

The children achieved a wonderful result with their research and the topics covered include:- a typical village; a changing settlement; an iron age settlement; archaeological evidence; the legend of St Frideswide; Domesday book; the manor house; B...

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton tokens & coins of Simon Bassett, Walter Lardner and John Tull

  • BCA - 2018.1376
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  • 1656 1669

SIMON BASSETT 1669. Simon Bassett paid tax on five hearths in 1662 and 1665: in the former year he signed the tax returns as cons table. His will was proved in the Consistory Court on 2.6.1681 (Reg. A, 284 V): he is described in it ...

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Bampton Bullets, Bampton's Cycle Speedway team in the early 1950s

  • BCA - 2018.1374
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  • 1952 1953

Bampton had a cycle speedway team in 1952 which certainly lasted for two full seasons. Someone near the track complained about the noise so it was disbanded. The cycle speedway in New Road, circa 1952/3. The Bampton side was known as the Bampto...

Bampton Community Archive

Antique Shops in Bampton

  • BCA - 2018.1371
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  • 1952 1976

All but one of these pictures are of Mr & Mrs Hill's antique shop which was next door to the Horse Shoe Inn. It became Arthur Hill, their son's shop. There was also an antique shop in the Market Square between the garage and the WI...

Bampton Community Archive

Donkey Derby, August 27th Bank Holiday Monday 2012

  • BCA - 2017.969
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  • August 27th 2012

The SPAJERS - Society for The Preservation of Ancient Junketing - organise a Donkey Derby on August Bank Holiday Monday to give the Bampton folk fun while raising funds to make life better for the senior citizens of Bampton and Lew. The Wednesday...

Bampton Community Archive

Oliver Onesipherous Collett, jeweller, garage mechanic, car builder

  • BCA - 2017.1293
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  • early C20th

Oliver Onesipherous Collett opened a shop in Cheapside in 1888 where he sold jewellery and repaired watches. His excitement was really in motorised transport and a little before 1900 he built a motorcycle and not long after he built the first sid...

Bampton Community Archive

Leslie Thomas King March 10th 1927 to October 5th 2012

  • BCA - 2018.1353
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  • 1927 2012

Sadly, Les never felt able to do the filmed interview that Jo Lewington and I hoped to do, but Terry and I spent a very happy afternoon with Les when we had a many a good laugh and I made notes as soon as I got home. He never got over losing Stel...

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Mummers from 1946 to 2000

  • BCA - 2018.1368
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  • 1946 - 2000

Mummering has taken place in Bampton for at least 134 which is when Rev Giles mentions it in his book about Bampton. Don Rouse has written a far more up-to-date account which you'll find after the photographs. The names of the performers ha...

Bampton Community Archive

Mummers in 1997 and their history explained by Don Rouse

  • BCA - 2018.1367
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  • 1997

The Bampton Mummers perform their play on Christmas Eve in both private houses and in some of the pubs. These photographs were taken in a private house in 1997. There are more than six characters in the play but several people play more than one...

Bampton Community Archive

Witney. Maps 1948 and 1967

  • BCA - 2018.1366
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  • 1948 1967

While our Archive tries to record all things Bampton, many Bamptonians have worked and shopped in Witney for centuries so we include these maps created in 1948 and 1967 for your interest and to note how Witney has expanded and changed. They show ...

Bampton Community Archive

Old Time Bampton People by Lloyd Hughes Owens

  • BCA - 2018.1365
  • Item
  • 1970s

This album of 'Old Time Bampton People' was put together by Lloyd Hughes Owens in the 1970s. It's a wonderful collection of photographs and text covering topics and people - Bampton Fire Brigade; Morris dancers; William Nathan ...

Bampton Community Archive

History of the Bampton Spurretts as far as was known at January 22nd 1971

  • BCA - 2018.1362
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  • 1971

Research was done by Lloyd Hughes Owens and cousin Sheila and Syd Emms up to January 1971 into the Bampton Spurretts. Much more is now available on line but the letters and family tree are a good starting point for anyone connected with this family.

Bampton Community Archive

A collection of Old Time Bampton Places and a few People

  • BCA - 2018.1361
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  • C20th

In the 1970s Lloyd Hughes Owens collect together all the photographs he could find of old-time Bampton and a few of people. He put them together in an album along with explanatory text and you'll find the pictures and text here.

Bampton Community Archive

Funeral of Ray Evans May 16th 1927 to Sept 2017

  • BCA - 2017.1217
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  • 1927-2017

https://youtu.be/nqnMaTmrykMhttps://youtu.be/iHEL-7BZEBcThe first one of these two YouTube films is of Ray talking about his training in Catterick and subsequent life working in the Royal Corps of Signals. When not working abroad, Ray was posted ...

Bampton Community Archive

Chris Timm May 15th 1926 to December 16th 2017

  • BCA - 2018.1358
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  • 1926 2017

Chris Timms took part in Bampton life in many ways. He was a keen cricketer and played for Bampton. He joined the Navy and served during WWII and much later in his life he became a member of the Royal British Legion. Apart from the picture abov...

Bampton Community Archive

Death announced of Nancy Irene Busby. October 2017

  • BCA - 2018.1357
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  • 2017

The Busby family ran a department store in Bampton that included what today (January 2018) is the Pottery Shop on the corner of Bushey Row with High Street, Strawberry Cottage and Lesta House. One of the sons of the family was Alfred Busby and he...

Bampton Community Archive

Gilbert 'Gilly' Annesley Marsh December 24th 1927 to July 17th 2016

  • BCA - 2018.1356
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  • 1927 2016

Gilly and his wife Aline retired to Bampton and lived in Field Cottage on the edge of Sandfords Field. He was such a lovely man and he, along with Michael Cooper did two really fascinating exhibitions for the Archive on the architecture of buildi...

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William 'Bill' Ernest John Daniels. 1934 to December 2013

  • BCA - 2018.1355
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  • 1934 2013

Bill took a full part in the life of Bampton. He was a Morris dancer with Francis Shergold's side, the Bampton Traditional Morris Men. Just after WWII when he was 12 years old, he was one of the group of young boys along with Ted Hunt who g...

Bampton Community Archive

Muriel Miriam Newman July 17th 1923 to February 23rd 2010

  • BCA - 2018.1354
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  • 1923 2010

Muriel, or Midge as she was known to us in Bampton, was a member of the choir at St Mary's in Bampton, father of Graham Newman who married Janet Elward. She was a lovely lady and much missed by those of us who knew her in the choir.

Bampton Community Archive

Kathleen 'Kitty' Jackson November 17th 1920 to March 14th 2011

  • BCA - 2018.1352
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  • 1920 2011

Kitty lived her whole life in Bampton and was very involved in many aspects of Bampton life from helping to collect items around the village for raffle prizes and jumble sales to helping fellow citizens with things like shopping when they were unw...

Bampton Community Archive

Julian Johnston October 23rd 1932 to July 19th 2008

  • BCA - 2018.1351
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  • 1932 2008

Julian came to live in Bampton with his wife when he retired from his work in Westminster. He was quietly very active in Bampton; he framed pictures, more as a hobby than a means of income, he was a bee keeper and gave teaching days on bee keepin...

Bampton Community Archive

Janet Lucy Walsh March 16th 1953 to August 26th 2016

  • BCA - 2018.1349
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  • 1953 2016

Janet was the most lovely lady who could not talk without smile at the same time which is such a delightful disposition. She was married to Bampton Morris dancer Jasper (Oliver) Walsh.

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Hilda May Kent December 17th 1916 to June 11th 2012

  • BCA - 2018.1347
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  • 1916 to 2012

Hilda came to live in Bampton soon after WWII and played a very active part in so many areas of Bampton life. She taught very many people to drive and after she retired and the Bush Club started, Hilda created a wonderful display on a myriad of s...

Bampton Community Archive

Death of Christine Connaughton 1947- Dec 3rd 2017

  • BCA - 2018.1345
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  • 1947-2017

"I’m sure you will all have your own special memories of Chris. There is a lot to be said for social media. It has enabled so many of you to make contact with Chris’s family this week. I think I have read somewhere in the region of 330 mes...

Bampton Community Archive

Death of Brenda Sapsford May 24th 2017

  • BCA - 2017.1197
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  • May 24th 2017

Brenda Sapsford came to live in Bampton when she retired from being secretary to David Johnson, the NFU secretary in Witney. She was an active member of the WI in Bampton until its sad demise and she was also a very efficient Parish Clerk in Bamp...

Bampton Community Archive

Sub officer Arthur Beckley receives BEM at the County Fire HQ in Kidlington

  • BCA - 2017.749
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  • c1973

Sub Officer Arthur H Beckley joined the NFS as a fireman at Bampton in 1946 and was officer in charge from 1960. I think this cutting is from a local paper approximately 1973. Arthur was awarded the BEM for his outstanding service. Arthur was b...

Bampton Community Archive

John Honour Willmer Nov 11th 1920 to Aug 11th 2014

  • BCA - 2018.1343
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  • 1920-2014

Richard Willmer arrived at Friars Court as a tenant farmer in 1917. He was a successful hay and straw merchant who, at one time, was one of the main hay suppliers to both Great Western Railways and the collieries in Wales. Richard married Mary Hon...

Bampton Community Archive

Spring Bank Holiday Morris Dancing 1991

  • BCA - 2018.1333
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  • 1991

These pictures were taken in 1991 and record both Alec Wixey's and Francis Shergold's Morris sides dancing in Bampton.

Bampton Community Archive

Whit Monday Morris Dancing in Bampton 1986

  • BCA - 2018.1331
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  • 1986

These photograph record the Morris practice on the Sunday and then the dancing on Whit Monday in 1986 or both Alec Wixey's side and Francis Shergold's side.

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Whit Monday Morris Dancing Bampton 1985

  • BCA - 2018.1330
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  • 1985

These black and white photographs were taken on a miserably wet Whit Monday in 1985. There are pictures of Francis Shergold's side and Alec Wixey's. If anyone knows why Francis' side was dancing at Lavender Place flat in mufty I&#...

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Alex Wixey side dancing in Stow-on-The-Wold May 11th 1986

  • BCA - 2018.1328
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  • May 11th 1986

Some of these pictures were taken in Stow-on-The-Wold on May 11th 1986. I don't know where the ones taken by the white building, dancing on the flags are but if someone can tell me, I'll amend this entry.

Bampton Community Archive

Plantation Cottages on the western edge of Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.1252
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  • 1965

Plantation Cottages were two semi-detached dwellings. If you go from the middle of Bampton towards Clanfield, there is a public footpath just after the last buildings on the right by the 30mph sign. Following that footpath takes you along the si...

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Two aerial photographs of Bampton c1998

  • BCA - 2017.759
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  • 1993/4

These are two aerial photographs of Bampton probably taken in 1993 but could be 1994.. The Lanes have been built so it must be on or after 1985 but Pembroke Place, next to the Fire Station in Manor View (leading into New Road) is in the very earl...

Bampton Community Archive

Cadet Flight Sergeant Frederick Gerring retired at age 21 on July 5th 1972

  • BCA - 2018.1325
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  • July 5th 1972

Cadet Flight Sergeant Fred Gerring, son of Rose and Arthur Gerring retired at age 21 from No 2267 Bampton and Brize Norton Squadron, Air Training Corps, after 8 years of service. He had no choice because all cadets have to leave once they are 21 ...

Bampton Community Archive

Fire appliance at Hobbs Buildings hayrick fires, 1918 and 1919

  • BCA - 2018.1324
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  • 1918-1919

Hayrick fires were sadly, a far too common occurrence 100 years ago. Many of the men smoked and steam engines used to drive some machinery spat out sparks which is not a good combination with lovely dry hay and straw. These pictures were taken ...

Bampton Community Archive

Terry Rouse, fool for Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers

  • BCA - 2018.1323
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  • 1987

Terry Rouse began dancing for Francis Shergold's Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers in 1964. Roy Shergold was the fool at that time but when he retired, Terry took over and this is a picture of Terry in his smock and hat taken in 1987.

Bampton Community Archive

Election of Police and Crime Commissioner May 5th 2016

  • BCA - 2018.1321
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  • May 5th 2016

On May 5th 2016 there was an election to choose the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley. Although more than one candidate stood, literature for Anthony Stansfeld was the only information households received so it was impossible to...

Bampton Community Archive

Memories of the members of the Darby and Joan Club compiled in 1962

  • BCA - 2018.1319
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  • 1962

The Darby and Joan Club was for those who were 60 and over. In 1962 they made a scrapbook of members' memories. Topics covered include:- Morris dancing; Whitsuntide Garlands; the Mummers; Bampton Fair; Bampton Fire Brigade; Church, Chapel a...

Bampton Community Archive

Tree planting on March 24th 1973 to mark Tree Planting Year

  • BCA - 2017.754
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  • March 24th 1973

Volunteers planted 80 trees allocated to Bampton through the County Council for “Tree Planting year” in the grass by the layby near Cowleaze Corner. The grassy area had been created when the steep bend in the road was removed c1971. Mr Doug Read...

Bampton Community Archive

Boxing at USAF base, now RAF Brize Norton

  • BCA - 2018.1315
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  • 1950s

After WWII one of the activities offered to people at the air base at Brize Norton was boxing. This boxing match is taking place at the base, outside and at this time it was part of the United States AF. After the runway was extended it became R...

Bampton Community Archive

Bobby Wells gives his father's fiddle to Reg Hall 1973

  • BCA - 2018.1314
  • Item
  • 1973

William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells, 1868-1953, played the fiddle as well as both dancing and fooling for the Bampton Morris for very many years. In these two photographs taken on Bank Holiday Monday 1973 his son Bobby is seen donating Jingy&#...

Bampton Community Archive

Arnold Woodley with some of his Morris musicians

  • BCA - 2018.1313
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  • 1970 onwards

Arnold Woodley started a side again in 1970 and over the following years, several men played with and for him. These pictures show Brendan Cassidy, Frank Purslow and Andrew Bathe with Arnold.

Bampton Community Archive

Extracts copied from the ledger of builder John H. Joyce, 1907-1910

  • BCA - 2017.405
  • Item

The very large ledge book belonging to builder J H Joyce records his clients' names, addresses and where they lived and Miriam James has copied some out for ease of reading. Although Mr Joyce lived in Bampton it can be seen that he occasion...

Bampton Community Archive

Francis Shergold talks about playing with Jingy Wells, 1987

  • BCA - 2017.1308
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  • 1987

In this sound recording Francis Shergold talks about going round to Jingy Wells' house and playing melodian with him. 'Coming Thru' The Rye' is played at the end. Total length 1 min 30 secs.

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Bampton Traditional Morris Men dance Maid of The Mill, 1987

  • BCA - 2017.1307
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  • 1987

This recording of Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing Maid of The Mill was made in 1987. It is preceded by Francis Shergold explaining that in his early days of dancing with Jingy Wells and the team, there was no pre-arranged rota for visitin...

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Francis Shergold tells whose dancing style he copied

  • BCA - 2017.1305
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  • 1987

Francis Shergold tells whose dancing style he liked very much and copied when he was learning to dance. Then we hear the Bampton Traditional Morris men dancing to Foggy Dew, one day in 1987. The recording lasts 3 mins.

Bampton Community Archive

Sound file of Constant Billy being played in 1987

  • BCA - 2017.1304
  • Item
  • 1987

This is a sound file of Constant Billy being played on the melodeon in 1987 for the Bampton Traditional Morris Men, early on Bank Holiday Monday while the dancers were in New Road.

Bampton Community Archive

Photographs of William Nathan "Jingy" Wells

  • BCA - 2017.1303
  • Item
  • 1950-2014

Four of these five photo show William Nathan "Jingy" Wells and the clothing he wore when playing and dancing. There's a picture of him sitting next to William Kimber and one of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing Greeny Up a...

Bampton Community Archive

'A Little History of The World' by 3 members of the Watermill Theatre

  • BCA - 2017.1297
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  • July 3rd 2015

'A Little History of The World.' A very funny play performed in the Village Hall on Friday July 3rd 2015 by three members of Watermill, the West Berkshire Playhouse on tour. A copy of the ticket to go and see the play is can be seen. ...

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"Rocky" to his friends, "Dicky" to his family - Ernest Bishop

  • BCA - 2017.1296
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  • c1985

'Rocky' Ernie Hunt, seen here in a pub in Bampton, was known as Dicky to his family. When Ernie died, his birth certificate showed his real name was Ernest Bishop. He worked at the Royal Corps of Signals camp in Weald and continued wor...

Bampton Community Archive

Ledger of Mr John Alfred Russell Joyce beginning July 16th 1907

  • BCA - 2017.1282
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  • July 16th 1907

This is the Ledger kept by Mr J A Joyce and the earliest entry is for July 16th 1907. He meticulously heads each page with the name of the person for whom he did work, the date and all the work done. It is a wonderful description of the work don...

Bampton Community Archive

Torrential rains spoil August Bank Holiday Monday 1986

  • BCA - 2017.1291
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  • August 1986

Really heavy and persistent rains, the tail end of hurricane Charlie, caused the Donkey Derby on August Bank Holiday Monday 1986 to be postponed. However, the stall holders squeezed into the marquee determined not to let the weather make everythi...

Bampton Community Archive

Francis Shergold, gardener at Weald Manor retires after 50 years

  • BCA - 2017.1290
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  • February 1984

Francis Shergold worked for the Colvile family nearly all his working life, and certainly for the last 50 years leading up to his retirement in February 1984. This newspaper cutting is from the Witney Gazette February 23rd 1984.

Bampton Community Archive

Elections at the start of the twentieth century

  • BCA - 2017.1289
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  • 1906

The first photograph is taken outside the Talbot in the Market Square and the name W Norman can be seen on the Talbot sign as the Licencee and Norman is standing by the stack of the steam engine with his hands in his pockets. Tory supporters hire...

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