Item BCA - 2018.1426 - Daniel Gibbard, blacksmith; Goodman, tea dealers; Hay harvest; Mr & Mrs Dewe, Weald workhouse; Horse fair; Mr White, Meadow Farm.

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BCA - 2018.1426


Daniel Gibbard, blacksmith; Goodman, tea dealers; Hay harvest; Mr & Mrs Dewe, Weald workhouse; Horse fair; Mr White, Meadow Farm.


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The pictures were created from celluloid negatives measuring five inches x four inches created in 1904 that were sent to the Archive by Lucinda Leech. The chairman of the Witney photographic club, Brian Lee, very kindly made positive images out of them which show remarkable detail.
Daniel Gibbard seen at his table was one of Bampton's blacksmiths. His home and workshop was where Folly View now stands on the south side of the Market Square. The range, clock, tea caddy and Church Parish almanac are all clearly visible.
In the hay making field ladies and children are working with the men; everyone is wearing a hat.
On Church Green the horse fair is in full swing. Horses taken to this part of Bampton for sale were considered ideal for use as pit ponies and the Welsh minors knew to come here straight away. It was the role of the men with the white flags to keep order. On the left you can see Bourton Cottages before they were 'done up' in 1906.
Goodman Tea Dealers - this building was in a very sad state of repair in 1904 and was pulled down later in the year and a carriage way entrance to Little Place from Cheapside was created. You can tea the building when in a better condition in the front page of this Archive website.
Mr & Mrs Dewe are seen at their dining table. Clearly a humble home and the ornaments on the shelf could have come from the penny bazaar which was held once a year in the barn which has since been converted to a dwelling, set at an angle on the turn from Bridge Street into Church View and called Wychwoods.
Mr White lived at Ampney Lodge and farmed Meadow farm down the Buckland Road. He is reputed to have requested to be buried in this beautiful smock.

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