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Removal of Market Square Garage.

  • BCA - 2024.6929
  • Item
  • 1998-2000

This shows the site of the demolition of the Market Square Garage, which had been built on the site of one of Bampton's old pubs -The Lamb, often known as The Tree because of the large elm tree that stood beside the front door.

Janet Newman

Property for Sale in Bampton

  • BCA - 2024.6927
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  • 26th July 2023

Property prices in Bampton have continued to increase to well above the national average. This is a three bedroom property inviting offers in excess of £400,00.

Janet Newman

Restoration of the Old Grammar School Boards

  • BCA - 2024.6900
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  • 2023

Display Boards used to exhibit the restoration of the Old Grammar School. These boards explain the restoration of the Old Grammar School built in the mid 1650s with a legacy of Robert Vesey, as a school to educate the children of Bampton. The Old Grammar School has been in some kind of trust for the village for 370 years. The current trust called the Bampton Exhibition Foundation (“BEF”), was set up in 1906 after the school had officially passed into the hands of the Government Education Department. Bampton Community Archive wanted to secure the future of the building for another 300 years, and give a formal home for the foreseeable future and continue the job of creating and maintaining an historical record of Bampton and surrounding villages. Thanks to lots of hard work and generous support from the landlords (Bampton Exhibition Foundation), WODC, OCC, all our visitors and the benefit of the ‘Downton Abbey’ connection helped to raise sufficient funds to undertake the long-planned improvements to the interior of the Old Grammar School. The building reopened in May 2022. Downstairs Library and Vesey Room with its exhibition space and shop and upstairs a spectacular space which had not been accessible since 1961.

Janet Westman

Restoration of the old Grammar School

  • BCA - 2024.6875
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  • 2022

The Old Grammar School in Bampton was built by Robert Vesey (d.1635), a wealthy local merchant living in Chimney, now a nearby village. At that time, Bampton was the largest town in the area and it badly needed a school for the children of the increasing large merchant class. Vesey commissioned the building of the school and was opened in 1653, 18 years after his death.
He also left money in trust (£100, that would have been £1,000,000 in today’s money) to fund the school master; coal to warm the classroom; and for the upkeep of the school building. As the centuries passed, the value of the trust decreased, other schools were opened in Bampton and the local children went to the national school that opened in 1873.
The Grammar School building continued to be used as a village meeting place and for a range of other village functions such as Baby Clinic and Sunday School. The library moved arrived in 1964 and the Girl Guides, the Brownies and the Scouts had their meetings on the upper floor. There are still some people in the village who remember these gatherings.
In the early 1960s however, the floor upstairs and the stairs to it were deemed unsafe and were so bad that the stairs were removed and the only access now is via a ladder. The floor remains unsafe and the roof, made of wonderful old Cotswold stone, was repaired in 1911 and, more recently, thanks to a village fund-raising campaign, in 2017.
In conjunction with the village as a whole, the Archive is raising more money to both restore the upstairs part of the Old Grammar School, and to replace the stairs to make it accessible and usable once again.
One of the aims of the restoration of the Old Grammar School is to give the Bampton Community Archive a permanent home – where visitors can visit and access the Archive database; browse the collection of historic local history books; see the current exhibition; and browse the shop of local arts and crafts.
The school building will be familiar to fans of the popular TV series Downton Abbey as it features as the Community Hospital in the fictitious village of Downton.

Janet Newman

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