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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 many topics.:-
The introductory page written by J L Hughes-Owens' album of Old Folks Memories from the Over 60 Club
Old Folks' Memories of Morris Dancing in Bampton Old Folks' Memories of The Garlands
Old Folks' Memories of The Mummers. These are memories but sadly, the facts are not quite correct. The cast of the mummers Jack Finney and Robin Hood who would be played by the same person, Bold Little John and Old Tom The Tinker, also played by one person. Father Christmas, the Royal 'Apprussia' King, the Turkish Knight, the Doctor
Old Folks' Memories of Bampton Fair. Two pages about Bampton Fair Old Folks' Memories of Bampton's Fire Brigade
Old Folks' Memories Church, Chapel and Sunday Schools Old Folks' Memories of School Days.
Old Folks' Memories of Housing and Shopping Facilities Old Folks' Memories of Health
Old Folks' Memories of various trades and crafts
Old Folks' Memories of various pedlars including 'Tiddles' Clark who brought fish from Aston; Mr Castle who brought papers, kippers and bloater from Witney; someone who brought oranges for a half penny each along with kippers; another man from Witney who sold black and white pudding ie Hog's puddings. Mr Burrows came once a year with a flat-float lorry drawn by a horse which he left outside the Jubilee for two days laden with farm implements such as scythes, rakes, hoes & pitchforks. Once a year a barn belonging to the Wheat Sheaf, now converted to home called Wychwoods, held a penny bazaar.
Old Folks' Memories of food. Bacon was the chief meat. Most people had two pigs, one for the rent and one for food. A large joint of beef or mutton cost 2/6d. Everyone grew potatoes and vegetable. Agrimony collected in the summer was made into tea in the winter and was used as a cure-all
Old Folks' Memories of a Cheapjack. 'Raggy' came in summertime once a week on Saturdays and sold, chiefly, crockery. He also collected rabbit skins and rags and sold paraffin and sweets, the latter sometimes tasting of paraffin
Old Folks' Memories of a town crier called Mr Cox who lived in a cottage at The Elms. Haunted houses the Hermitage Priory now two houses and Southview, both exorcised. An old man who stole a hen but had to throw it in the pot with feathers when the policeman came; ever after children called him 'Hen in Pot' or 'Old Feathery Broth'. Gleaning or leasing. A menagerie in Sandford field where a bear went mad and was shot
Old Folks' Memories of the general election of 1906 and the poster of Jo Chamberlain. An old man named Tanner who made toffee on a Sunday; he poured it on to the flagstone and made 'black candles' which he sold for half a penny. An old man called Teddy who lived with his housekeeper called Leak a Pudding Corner. It got that name because a lady made a pudding too big for the pot and after it swelled in the cooking she couldn't get it out. In 1897 diamond Jubilee year, a greasy pole with a ham on top was scaled by one man who secured his trophy.
Old Folks' Memories. An 80 year old man recalled men wore a smock with a red necker on Sundays and oxen pulled the plough at Ham Court. He was one of 11 children and his father earned 18/- (80p) a week. When not a school children went 'sticking' or gathering wood, leasing, and weeding lawns at 4d an hour. They recall a cleaver fiddler called 'Deedlum' Butler. They recall Bampton lit by oil lamps and children following the lamp lighter, Mr Hampton who was paid 7/- (35p) a week. Ham Court Lady Well was said to cure eye problems
J L Hughes-Owens' conclusions regarding Old Folks' Memories - a poor but honest and industrious community and 'cheerfulness kept breaking through'