Item BCA - 2017.1252 - Plantation Cottages on the western edge of Bampton

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BCA - 2017.1252


Plantation Cottages on the western edge of Bampton


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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 side of a very long, straight hedge and at the end of it is the site where the two dwellings used to be. The last time I walked up there - 2009 - the concrete foundations were still there but there was no sign at all of the buildings. They were two quite substantial homes but a very long walk into the centre of Bampton or to school. Frank Hudson's father Bill and his wife lived in one of them and Frank said the following:-
“The plantation homes - I think there were 2 attached brick homes. I can't remember the first people that were there when we moved in (early 1940s) but I do remember their dog bit my face and Dr. McCartney stitched it up and I still have the scare to this day. The next people were Mr & Mrs Steven & May Card, their son was Dennis. I am pretty sure Steven worked on the land. The last address I have for them was 2 Hastoe Row, Hastoe, Nr. Tring, Hertfordshire. They would have passed on by now. I also think Dennis married and lived in the same area. Now to Bampton School. Yes there was a teacher by the name of Mrs. Gomm. Also Miss Farmer, Miss Farman, Miss Hobbs, Miss Perry, Mrs Miller, she died and was buried in Bampton Cemetery, she was quite young. Mrs Pratt, and the Head master was Mr. Fry."
Beth McKindless, nee Fearn, emailed from Australia
"My Mother worked in the School Canteen. I can't remember how long it took us to work or ride our push bikes to School or to the village. My mother used to play the organ in the Methodist Church, I think Terry’s Mother (Terry Rouse and his mother Honor) did as well. I will always remember the day I just arrived home from school & I said to Mum there are German planes coming; she said don't be silly not in daytime. Next thing they flew over the top of the house and bombed the aerodrome. Mum went into a panic because Dad was there. I think the spitfires got some down. They would have the records of that at the Drome, I wouldn’t have a clue of the day or date. That was when we lived at the Plantation. I have found telegrams that Dad received when his Mother died 8-2-1943 addressed to him as Fitter Fearn Air Ministry Works Dept. He had to apply for leave to attend her Funeral. She is Buried in the Congregational Church Cemetery In Tubury, Staffordshire. I also remember during the Battle of Britain Dad didn’t close is eyes for about a week. Our last address was 2 Aston Road Bampton, then we stayed a short time with Reg and Honor Rouse at Weald Farm farmhouse before emigrating to Australia.” Quote from Beth Fearn now Mrs Beth McKindless. When Beth lived in Plantation, she walked to the main road in wellingtons, changed to shoes kept in a box there and then went on to school and made the reverse trip with a change of footwear at the end of the school day. During WWII some women from Bow in London were placed into Plantation Cottages.

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