In October 2012 the Bampton Environmental Watch Group had a wonderful talk given by John Leighfield on the history of maps and in particular maps of Oxfordshire and Bampton. It was very interesting to note that the first maps of Bampton showed the rivers and streams but no roads, showing the importance of waterways. It really is worth looking at the maps of Bampton carefully, you'll see just how old some buildings are, where the mill was in Bampton and Kerwoods Yard which was one area for the very poor with dwellings that had no land with them, they afforded the occupier a roof as opposed to 'the park bench' but no land on which to produce any food. It's referred to in early census forms and people come to Bampton asking where it is - it's on page 15 of this pdf
The Beam publication was produce 3 and sometimes 4 times a year. This edition from December 1992 contains the following articles and advertisers. Homelessness Bampton Schools The Library Letters McKenzie & Brown - Plumbing & Electrical Bampton Fax Bureau Stephen Hailes Plumbing MH Thomas - Building, Landscape Gardening and Fencing Contractor Bubbles - Dog Grooming Paul van Aardt - Chiropodist J Temple - Hardware, DIY, Fancy Goods and Toys Bampton Driving School The Misses Pombroy’s Establishment for Young Ladies CBL Electric Vehicles Ltd Bampton Badminton Club Mother’s Union Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund The MS Society The Pumpkin Club SPAJERS National Blood Transfusion Service Royal British Legion Bampton Boys Football Club Traffic Speed Constable Steve Patrick - Community Policeman Prize Crossword R Coopers - Builder The Talbot Hotel Curtain Choice Andrew Bowman Health Matters J Godfrey & Son - Funeral Directors Martin Drew - Chiropodist Windfall Apples The West Oxfordshire Observer Land Adjoining the Bampton Youth Centre A Simmonds - Baker E Taylor - Funeral Directors Grey Gables Garage N Woodley Building Maintenance A Fisket-a-Tasket - Flower Designs John King - Plumber Diary of events The Romany Inn
The Beam was produced 3 and sometimes 4 times a year. This edition from April 1992 included the following topics and advertisers.
A decade of change in Bampton: An appraisal Low Cost Homes latest Annual Shirt Race The Deanery: Restoration & Exploration Lime Trees in Broad Street Parish News Speeding Traffic Traffic Calming Parish Council Minutes McKenie Brown - Electrical Plumbing Bampton Fax Bureau Stephen Hailes - Plumbing MH Thomas - Building, Landscape Gardening and Fencing Contractor Home Made Labrador - Printing R Boland & Sons - Fresh fruit & vegetables J Temple - Hardware, DIY, Fancy Goods and Toys Bampton Driving School The Bush Club: Plans for the future Easter Services A New Sunday School Wanted: Singers for Church Choir The Gardening Column CBL Electric Vehicles Ltd Bampton Village Hall Bampton Youth Centre Bampton Environmental Watch Group Bampton WI The MS Society The Bampton Bush Club Bampton Swimming Pool Appeal Bampton Brownies Low Cost Housing Supplement: From Appraisal to Action Ridge & Partners - Chartered Surveyors Coleman Hicks Partnership - Architects Fisher & Townsend (Contractors) Ltd - Building Contractors New Playground Site map of Bampton Site plan for low-cost housing scheme Hedge Your Bets - Environment Appraisal Questionnaire Oxford College of Further Education Bampton Horticultural Society The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Bampton Pumpkin Club Bampton Wives Club SPAJERS Bampton Pre-school Playgroup Bampton Drama Group Arts - West Oxfordshire Arts Association Charles McCord Mussett Junior Beam Crossword R Cooper - Builders The Talbot Hotel Curtain Choice Andrew Bowman - Thatcher Health Matters - Welbeing J Godfrey & Son - Funeral Directors Martin Drew - Chiropodist Medical Matters Oxfordshire Community Care Plan 1992/93 Painless Surgical Operations at Bampton Centre for Complementary Medicine Happy Memories - Girl Guides A Fisket-a-Tasket - Flower Design A Simmonds - Baker E Taylor - Funeral Directors Grey Gables Garage N Woodley Building Maintenance Witney Grass Cutting John King - Heating Engineer The Romany Inn Bampton Directory
The Bampton Beam publication was produce 3 and sometime 4 times a year. This edition from August 1993 contained the following articles and advertisers. The August Fair The Charter to Hold a Fair CBL Electric Vehicles Bampton Horse Fair The Bampton Festival Letters to the Editor Flower Garlands May 1993 McKenzie Brown - Plumbing Electrical Bampton Fax Bureau The Romany Inn Quality Secretarial Service Bubbles - Dog Grooming Corner Cottage Services - Typing/Amin Janice Radley - Chiropodist J Temple - Hardware, DIY, Fancy Goods and Toys Bampton Driving School Just when did Morris dancing begin Small medieval houses in Bampton Bampton Horticultural Society Gardening Local Profiles - Hilda Kent, Margaret Howes Curtain Choice Andrew Bowman - Master Thatcher Health Matters J Godfrey - Funeral Directors Wendy Ellison - Massage SPAJERS Bampton Pre-school Playgroup The Children’s Society Oxford College of Further Education Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary Mother’s Union Badminton Bampton Youth Centre Batricar - Dawn Mansfield Bampton Environmental Watch Group Bampton Village Hall Step Aerobics The MS Society Bampton Cricket Club Fun Aerobics Class Paul Lappin - Decorator Arts Page Summer Opera & Organ Surprise Oxford Stage Company Pericles and The Comedy or Errors The Talbot Hotel MH Thomas - Building, Landscape Gardening and Fencing Contractor The Appliance Doctor Marks Kitchen Post Office Affordable rented housing New road playground Patient Charter Centre for Complementary Medicine A Fisket-a-Tasket - Flower Designs Proze Crossword R Cooper - Builder Road Safety School Children A Simmonds = Baker E Taylor - Funeral Directors Grey Gables Garage N Woodley Building Maintenance The Complete Engraver Ltd Diary of Events Bampton Directory
This map shows the Bampton Estates at 1789. This is before the fields were enclosed and the names of the people who farmed the strips or the name of the field area are on the map. The Quies fields are each side of the Bampton to Brize Norton road, just north of what is now Hobbs Buildings. The Clanfield to Bampton road is showing top to bottom on the map whereas it really runs east west, so you need to get your head around that, literally. What we now call Welcome Way is called Wiltham Way - it runs south from Cowleaze Corner into Weald. Weald Common Meadow was south of what we now think of as the area containing the two Bampton Business Parks. The Bampton to Buckland road is showing going left to right on the map when it actually runs NW to SE; it had a turnpike.