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Theft of lead, twice, from St Mary The Virgin Church, September 2016

  • BCA - 2017.1174
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  • September 2016

This article comes from The Beam March 2017 issue and documents the theft of lead, twice, from the north aisle of St Mary The Virgin Church. It also give details about the choir, Coffee & Co which began as a way of people forced out of their ...

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Details of the 8 bells in St Mary The Virgin church

  • BCA - 2017.1125
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  • n/a

This page gives information on the 8 bells that hang in St Mary The Virgin church - their diameter, the date they were cast and who made them.

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Appeal for the restoration of the bells of St Mary The Virgin

  • BCA - 2017.1122
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  • 2004

The leaflet was produced to explain what needed to be done with the bells of St Mary's and the costs involved. By 1629 Bampton had a ring of six bells, a very early date for a ring of this number. They were probably all cast, or recast, by N...

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September 19th 2016. Guttering over south aisle blocked, lead cracked in places

  • BCA - 2017.1113
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  • September 2016

Water getting into the church of St Mary's proved to be caused by sandbags having been left in the guttering, perhaps from when the roof was re-tiled but that's not certain. The workmen who worked on the roof took my camera up to take t...

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Dr Alan Gaydon's photographs of St Mary's

  • BCA - 2017.1080
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  • 1990

Dr Alan Gaydon was a churchwarden at St Mary's for several years. He photographed the church from inside to out, ground level to the roof and recorded the restoration of the top of the spire and re-guilding of the cockerel on the top. Rev A...

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Flower festival at Saint Mary The Virgin, Bampton May Bank Holiday 2015

  • BCA - 2017.1066
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  • May 20015

The Flower Guild put on a wonderful flower festival through the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May and on the Monday they also sell sandwiches, quiche slices, cakes, tea, coffee and squash. The money raised ensures we have an excellent flower...

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Flower Festival in St Mary's celebrating the London Olympics June 4th 2012

  • BCA - 2017.977
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  • June 4th 2012

Over the spring Bank Holiday weekend the members of the Flower Guild of St Mary's put on a wonderful Flower Festival in the church. They also work very hard all day on the Monday offering sandwiches, quiche, cakes, orange squash, tea and cof...

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Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir sing in St Mary's

  • BCA - 2017.1042
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  • 2006

To help raise funds for the repair and enhancement of the church organ, the Oxford Welsh Male Voice choir sang in St Mary's 2006

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St Mary's Flower Festival May Bank Holiday 2011

  • BCA - 2017.1019
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  • May 2011

Over the late May Bank Holiday weekend the Flower Guild put on a wonderful display of flowers in St Mary's, Bampton. These photograph record their arrangements in 2011. The money raised from donations and their sale of sandwiches, quiche, c...

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Flower Festival in St Mary's celebrating 'Our Passion in Flowers' May 25th 2014

  • BCA - 2017.976
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  • May 25th 2014

Over the spring Bank Holiday weekend the members of the Flower Guild of St Mary's put on a wonderful Flower Festival in the church. They also work very hard all day on the Monday offering sandwiches, quiche, cakes, orange squash, tea and cof...

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Parish Feast of St Mary's July 8th 2012

  • BCA - 2017.1009
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  • July 8th 2012

The church of St Mary The Virgin, vicar Rev. David Lloyd, held their Parish Feast in the grounds of St Mary's. It was much enjoyed and the little children thought the picnic great fun.

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Death of Captain Charles Raymond Radclyffe LVO February 1st 2017

  • BCA - 2017.999
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  • February 1st 2017

This entry includes the service program from Captain Radclyffe's funeral in St Mary The Virgin on February 21st 2017, the announcement of his death in the Witney Gazette and a fond memory of him from Don Rouse recalling when he, along with 10...

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Memorial to Harry George Benfield 11.11.42 in the Lady Chapel

  • BCA - 2017.992
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  • November 11th 1942

This memorial to Harry George Benfield is carved into the base of the front left support of the altar surround in the Lady Chapel. It's right at the bottom facing the north.

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Terry Rouse with Rev David Lloyd at the low altar 17.8.2014

  • BCA - 2017.990
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  • August 17th 2014

When Terry Rouse came to Bampton aged 9, he immediately joined the choir of St Mary The Virgin. His father Reg was a bellringer in the church. Terry has served St Mary's his entire life in Bampton. He has variously been a choir boy, bellri...

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July 2011 2nd series of Downton Abbey being recorded

  • BCA - 2017.982
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  • July 2011

In July 2011 Carnival Films came back to record some scenes for Downton Abbey's second series. A section of wall in Church Green had fallen shortly before they came and the wall you see in the photograph is very light plastic and a wonderful...

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January 29th 2012 Confirmation in St Mary The Virgin Church

  • BCA - 2017.981
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  • January 29th 2012

On January 29th 2012 the Bishop came and Confirmed 9 people in Saint Mary The Virgin Church. Ages were from youngsters to senior citizens, so a wonderful cross section of people; three girls, two ladies, three boys and one man. There was a lovel...

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Flower Festival in St Mary's celebrating countries of the World May 26th 2013

  • BCA - 2017.975
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  • May 26th 2013

Over the spring Bank Holiday weekend the members of the Flower Guild of St Mary's put on a wonderful Flower Festival in the church. They also work very hard all day on the Monday offering sandwiches, quiche, cakes, orange squash, tea and cof...

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Bampton Parish Church News January - December 1903 plus Aston Parish news

  • BCA - 2017.962
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  • January 1903 - December 1903

These pages are extracts from the equivalent of our present-day church Contact magazine. They cover each month through 1903 and here you can read about the restoration of the bells, the planting of the trees down Broad Street, the outings the cho...

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Bampton C of E Primary School children enact a royal wedding April 28th 2011

  • BCA - 2017.958
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  • April 28th 2011

With the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton due to take place on the following day, April 29th 2011, the children of Bampton C of E Primary School had the great fun of enacting a royal wedding. They went from the school in Bow...

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Bernard Rose Concert poster for September 11th 2016

  • BCA - 2017.950
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  • September 11th 2010

This is the poster produced for the centenary concert on September 11th 2016 to commemorate the life and works of Bernard Rose.

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Flower Festival in St Mary's 2010

  • BCA - 2017.941
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  • May 2010

The annual Flower Festival in St Mary's is held each year on the May Bank Holiday when the town is full with people who have come for the Morris Dancing and the Shirt Race. It is the big fund raising event run by the men and women of the flo...

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Repairs inside to the aisle & chancel roofs & their repainting 2010

  • BCA - 2017.940
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  • 2010

In 2010 the inside of the aisle and chancel roofs was repaired and repainted. Where the roof had been letting water in plaster was loose and in places had fallen off completely. These photographs document the course of the repairs and painting

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Removal of oil fired boiler & new gas boiler fitted in St Mary's 2010

  • BCA - 2017.936
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  • 2010

In 2010 the old oil fired boiler was taken out of the boiler room under the vestry in St Mary's and a new gas fired system was installed. These photograph document the work from the old boiler being dismantled to the new one in place.

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Repair of the Chancel roof of St Mary's 2010

  • BCA - 2017.934
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  • 2010

The aisle roof of St Mary's was repaired in 2009 and the following year, 2010, the Chancel roof was repaired. The photographs document the progress of the work and the finished article. The new ridge tiles are hollow with an entrance on the...

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Peal team after restoration of the bells in 2006/7

  • BCA - 2017.920
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  • February 2007

Major work was done to put the bells of St Mary's in good heart in 2006/7. To celebrate their full restoration a peal was rung and these were the six ringers:- John Napper, Graham Clifton, Clive Holloway, Stephen Goddard, Roger Barnes, John ...

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Flower Festival in St Mary's May 2009

  • BCA - 2017.918
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  • May 2009

The annual Flower Festival in St Mary's is our big fundraising event to enable us to have flowers in our church all year. Every window, recess, aisle and area has a display and each year has a theme.

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A brief, illustrated explanation of St Mary The Virgin Church, Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.496
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  • 2016

This publication was created in 2016 with text by Rev. David Lloyd and photographs by Janet Rouse. It gives an idea of what is to be seen inside St Mary's and some outside items. There has been a church on this site for well over a thousand...

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Phil Addison and Terry Rouse and a choir boys' outing to Southsea 1947

  • BCA - 2017.904
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  • 1947 and 2015

Phil Addison and his family came to live in Bampton in 1940 to escape the bombing on the south coast. Phil was aged 7 and he stayed in Bampton until 1950 aged 17. He was in the choir of St Mary's and the photograph shows the boys L-R back r...

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Creating the film set for 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher' October 2010

  • BCA - 2017.891
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  • October 2010

The area around St Mary's, in the churchyard, outside the Grammar School, Church Green and Church View were set up for the filming of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher in October 2010. These photographs document the work of the scene builders.

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Repairs to the inside of the aisle roof of St Mary's 2009

  • BCA - 2017.883
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  • 2009

In 2009 the roof of the aisle of St Mary The Virgin Church was repaired. Sadly, the leaking roof had caused damage on the inside and these photographs tell the story of the repair and repainting of the inside of the roof and repair of some timber.

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Repair of the aisle roof of St Mary's 2009

  • BCA - 2017.882
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  • 2009

In 2009 work started to repair the roof of the aisle of St Mary The Virgin Church. These photographs tells the story of the work.

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The old Carillon in St Mary's, Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.876
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  • February 2009

The old carillon had to be turned off permanently in the end when too many pins on the drum had fallen out and simply would not stay in place when put back. The resulting sound was not good. When the drum rotated, each pin in the drum would trig...

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Muffled peal rung for Major Robert Colvile July 4th 2008

  • BCA - 2017.871
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  • July 4th 2008

The bells were rung half muffled in memory of Major Robert Colvile on July 4th 2008. These pictures show the ringers and a group photo with Rosemary Colvile

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Lloyd Hughes Owens' extracts from Vestry meetings between 1859 and 1916

  • BCA - 2017.842
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  • 1859-1916

Lloyd Hughes Owens read through old Vestry minutes and extracted bits he found interesting. They were hand-written notes and the Archive is indebted to Miriam James for typing them out to make life easier for the reader. These extracts are both ...

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Lead stolen from 27 churches across the diocese in the last 6 months

  • BCA - 2017.831
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  • September 2016

St Mary's in Bampton has had lead stolen from its roof twice within a month. 27 churches have suffered this in the diocese in the last 6 months. Churches are being urged to have alarms and CCTV fitted. Bampton's church now has alarms;...

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Archaeological dig just west of the church 2001

  • BCA - 2017.546
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  • 2001

In 2001 Alan Hardy from the Oxford Archaeological Unit ran a dig in a field just to the west of St Mary's because there were plans to build there. This article from The Beam tells you all about it and the Saxon finds. There is also an artic...

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Restoration of the 1812 Gray & Davison Church Organ in St Mary's

  • BCA - 2017.579
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  • February 2016

The church organ in St Mary The Virgin Church in Bampton is old. It was built in 1812 and while it has received a few running repairs over the years, it finally got to a stage where it was unreliable and went out of tune within two weeks of being...

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Ringing for the 60th anniversary of peace July 10th 2005

  • BCA - 2017.620
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  • July 10th 2005

On July 10th 2005 some of our Bampton bellringers celebrated the 60th anniversary of Peace by ringing the bells of St Mary's. Back row left to right are Hilary Openshaw, Carole Perry, Roger and Margaret Barns, Terry Gregory. Front row left ...

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Ride & Stride September 11th 2004

  • BCA - 2017.611
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  • Sseptember 11th 2004

The Ride+Stride is a fun day out for all the family that raises fund for historic churches. Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people from all over the county of Oxfordshire, walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoyi...

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Barn Dance in St Mary's September 2003 with the Woodpeckers

  • BCA - 2017.601
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  • September 2003

The Bampton firemen used their strength to move the church pews to the side of the church leaving a large, square space for dancing. We held a harvest barn dance in St Mary's in September 2003 accompanied by the Woodpeckers

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The Bampton WI banner is housed in St Mary's May 21st 2014

  • BCA - 2017.592
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  • May 21st 2014

With the rather sad demise of the Bampton branch of the WI the lovely banner, made by Pat Barratt, was officially welcomed and hung in Saint Mary's in Bampton. One picture shows the diminished group of ex Bampton members attending the little...

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War memorial in the Post Office (Town Hall) and in St Mary The Virgin Church

  • BCA - 2017.581
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  • 1914 to 1918

Apart from the War Memorial in the Market Square there is a memorial in the Post Office (centre room of the Town Hall) and three more in St Mary's. These photographs are all for men who died in the First World War. One of the two in church ...

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Funeral of gypsy Tom Smith aged 59 September 1967

  • BCA - 2017.435
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  • September 1967

There was a gypsy funeral in September 1967 attended by approximately 300 mourners who came from Northamptonshire, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire and Warwickshire. Mr Tom Smith aged 59, son of a Gypsy Queen. Tom had affectionately been know...

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Mother's Union ladies serve tea at the Flower Festival in ST Mary's c2000

  • BCA - 2017.402
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  • c2000

Ladies from the Mother's Union serve teas at the Flower Festival in St Mary's c2000. Mrs Frances Money in the purple beret and her daughter-in-law Madeleine in the pink blouse. Enjoying a cup of tea is Stuart Pearce (d. Jan 2017)

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Two photographs of the Flower Festival in St Mary's, 2000

  • BCA - 2017.395
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  • 2000

These two photographs were taken by Margaret Chaundy and show two flower arrangements in the Flower Festival in St Mary's 2000. One arrangements recalls the amazing achievement of Ellen MacArthur sailing around the world single handed in Kin...

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Flyer for 'Music In Country Churches' May 20th & 21st 2011 in St Mary's Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.376
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  • May 20th & 21st 2011

HRH Prince Charles The Prince of Wales is patron of 'Music in Country Churches' and on Saturday May 21st 2011 he came to Saint Mary The Virgin church in Bampton for the evening concert. Monies raised were to be for the church at Stanton...

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Photograph of the Summertown United Reformed Church Bible Books Triptychs

  • BCA - 2017.370
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  • October 2016

The Summertown United Reformed Church created this beautiful triptych of the books of the bible. The photographs show the triptych and pages of explanation provided by the church. They have it out on loan for a month at a time to churches and as...

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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...

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