- June 16th 1962 (Creation)
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On June 16th 1962 the last train from Witney to Fairford passed through Bampton and Brize Norton station. The newspaper cuttings give a good history of this railway line. In Bampton, there used to be a railway timetable on the wall next to the Lamb Inn in the Market Square which can be seen in the background of picture of the Shirt Race.
Locomotive 7412 at Brize Norton and Bampton railway station in 1959.
Locomotive 7412 at Brize Norton and Bampton railway station in 1961, this time in colour
A freight wagon and engine at Brize Norton and Bampton station
A steam engine pulling three coaches leaving Brize Norton and Bampton railway station
Engine 9653 at the end of the platform by the signal box at Brize Norton and Bampton railway station
Steam engine and three coaches coming into Brize Norton and Bampton railway station. Lew Barrow can be seen in the distance.
Brize Norton and Bampton railway station as it was before WWII.
Brize Norton and Bampton railway station seen from the approach road. Back of the station buildings. Hangar at RAF Brize Norton in the background
Brize Norton and Bampton railway station looking west ie towards Black Bourton and ultimately on to Fairford. It would appear to have been taken from the bridge over the road.
Brize Norton and Bampton railway - one of the sheds at the station.
Bampton and Brize Norton Railway station seen in the 1960s. Sadly the station and the Witney to Fairford line closed as part of the Beaching cuts in the early 1960s. Strictly speaking, the station is just outside Bampton and in Brize Norton and it was a good 40-minute walk from Bampton. Several Bampton people rain a taxi service, in the early days by horse and carriage.
Bampton and Brize Norton railway station with engine number 9654 at the station.
In 1937 Bampton railway station was renamed Brize Norton and Bampton Station. As the station is just in the catchment of Brize Norton village, it was only right and proper.
Bampton Shirt Race. The entrants are getting their drink at The Lamb Inn in the Market Square. This pub was pulled down in 1960 so this race must have taken place in the 1950s. Notice the British Railways timetable poster on the wall on the right for trains from Bampton and Brize Norton station.
This extract from the Witney Gazette of November 17th 1922 recounts the Armistice Day proceedings around the memorial in the Market Square and in church. It goes on to mention the various meetings leading up to the general election. There are further accounts of events in Burford, Stanton Harcourt and Brize Norton.
Train arriving at Brize Norton & Bampton station which was on the Witney to Fairford line. Loco 7412.
Locomotive 7412 draws into Brize Norton and Bampton Station as another train waits on the loop.
St Mary's Church choir outing from Bampton & Brize Norton station
Part of Brize Norton and Bampton railway station. Everything that could have been vandalised was done both inside and out fairly soon after the Oxford to Fairford line closed
Signal box at Brize Norton and Bampton railway station
The part of Brize Norton and Bampton station where the coal used to be delivered. It was sacked up from here or collected loose in a lorry to be sacked up elsewhere.
Newspaper article on Bampton from the Oxford Mail, Friday November 26th 1954. It covers Bampton Morris, Mr J L Hughes Owens the head of the village school, the 'night soil' (human excrement) put out in buckets for collection because there was still no mains drainage scheme; Marjorie Pollard's small publishing business in her home The Deanery; our cricket and football teams; the town hall which is home to the debating society founded in 1936; the railway station important for coal, coke, sugar beet, grain, the Americans at the Brize Norton air base use it a lot for bring in their stores and finally for Bampton people; we still have a stone mason, thatcher, carpenters, one saddler and a shepherd.
Emigrants leaving Bampton in 1913 Henry Arthur Green, Stan Solly and Percy Hughes bound for Canada surrounded by a group of well-wishers who went to Bampton Station with them to wish them God Speed. 'Harry' Green joined the 4th Canadian Mounted Riffles Battalion when war broke out. He died on June 2nd 1916 at Ypres. His name is on the Menin Gate and on his parent's grave in Bampton.