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Church Street in 1998

  • BCA - 2019.2204
  • Item
  • 1998

These photographs were all taken by John Grout in 1998 to record Church Street as it looked in that year.

Bampton Community Archive

Postcard to Mrs W J Johnson September 28th 1905.

  • BCA - 2017.1134
  • Item
  • September 28th 1905

Picture postcard across the east end of the Market Square showing part of the Town Hall, The Drapers, The Talbot and Hythe House. It is addressed to Mrs W. J. Johnson at Syringa Cottage in Aston post dated September 28th 1905

Bampton Community Archive

The Old Forge and neighbouring properties

  • BCA - 2019.1970
  • Item
  • 1970 2017

To the right of Cromwell House as seen from the road is The Old Forge, which was as its name suggests the site of a forge at one time but is now a private house, partly in Cheapside and partly in Church Street.

Bampton Community Archive

After Market Square Garage was removed, before Thornberry Flats were built

  • BCA - 2019.2202
  • Item
  • 1998

These pictures, all taken by John Grout, record the brief moment in time where the Market Square Garage was totally removed and before Thornberry Flats were built on the site. Bell Cottage, the little thatched house is clearly visible.

Bampton Community Archive

The Demolition of Market Square Garage & the building of Thornberry Flats (Nov 1998 to 2000)

  • BCA - 2017.586
  • Item
  • 1998 to 2000

Adrian Simmonds had the general store on the west side of Market Square and was wonderfully placed to record the demolition of the Market Square Garage and the building of Thornberry Flats for the over 55s.

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The demolition of Market Square Garage and the building of “THORNBERRY” Flats

The Demolition of the Garage and Proposed Development of Flats

A meeting was called by the parish council, because there was a lot of opposition to the proposed development and the loss of the garage. On the evening of the meeting the hall opened with the parish council seated at a table in front of the stage, but the hall very quickly filled with interested villagers, so that the council had to retreat to the comparative safety on the stage. The hall by this time had filled up with very interested and angry villagers, so much so that the windows were all opened so that the people who could not get in, could hear and see what was going on from outside. Opinions were voiced. The meeting went on for a long time. The view was that the village was against the development. The result of course stands in the square for all to see, but Democracy had to been seen to be done. The then chairman of the Parish Council shortly afterwards emigrated to Australia.

This small exhibition shows a brief period of around thirty months in the late Twentieth Century which altered the character of the Market Square completely. I have included some earlier photographs of the Square for those of you that did not know it before the flats were built. The picture of the pub [with the two children outside] was The Lamb Public house, and the building on the end was at one time a Fish and Chip shop. It was demolished in the 1950s in order to build the Market Square Garage, which in turn was demolished in 1998/1999 for the erection of the Flats. These were offered for sale on the 30th June 2001.

After the garage was demolished there was a period of several months, when the soil was tested regularly because of contamination by oil and other garage waste from the previous 50 plus years. During this period, over forty large lorry loads of contaminated soil were removed and replaced with clean soil. The site was then passed as suitable for the building to start.

After the holes were drilled, each one had a frame work of reinforcing rods {which were welded together on site} lowered into it. Then cement was poured into the holes up to footings level. Then, of course, the footings were laid and the main structure was started.
After the pre-made floor of the first storey was installed, the building was taken up to the next level, and the same procedure was repeated for the top floor.

The Flats were offered for Sale 30th June 2001. As a small point of interest, the first occupier of the front ground floor flat was a member of a local business family, who had at one time a grocery shop in the premises which is now known as The Romany hotel. The wife of the second occupier of the same flat was the daughter of the landlord of The Lamb which stood on the site up until the 1950s.

The Flats and Skateboards
Shortly after the flats were in full occupancy, it was decided to add a pair of gates to the front of the arch, because of teenagers using the entrance to skateboard through the archway and across the small garden in order to jump onto the footpath at the rear of the property. This was before the skateboard ramp was built in the sports field.

These pictures show the work and expertise in building the flats (Thornberry). I also included some earlier photographs to illustrate the appearance of the square in the past. With all the changes that have taken place the square is still the centre and heart of the village. It is a meeting place for countless people and is used for special occasions such as the Golden and Diamond jubilee celebrations, and of course for the finishing post for the annual shirt race which always attracts a large crowd. The Morris dancers use it every Whit Monday. The annual fair comes every August, and of course Remembrance Day in November, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in December also take place in the Market Square.

Postscript.
Those of you that know me would have probably noticed that my surname was incorrectly spelt, on the posters. This is a common error as there are so many ways of spelling “Simmonds”. My grandfather left Reading in the 1920s with two M’s to his name leaving behind an H. G. Simonds with only one M, and a Brewery and a fortune! I still have only two Ms in my name, which prompts me to recall a situation in my shop.
Some years ago, I had an American lady who was a regular customer. After a few months she said to me would I take a cheque? To which I replied, “of course”. She made her purchases and proceeded to write the cheque asking me how I spelt my surname? I told her, and she said to me, “That’s interesting, I have five great uncles, back in the states all named Simmonds but all spelt differently. When they arrived in New York from Eastern Europe they embarked at Ellis Island and each went to an immigration officer to give their details and each officer spelt their name differently, so it ended up with five brothers with the same name, all spelt differently.”

The were first available to buy in 2002 and people have to be at least 55 years old to purchase them. The lane is Bell Lane, known by all long-time locals as 'back of the Bell' because the Bell Inn used to be where the Village Hall is today. The Village Hall was initially the WI Hall straight after the Bell closed before becoming the Village Hall when the cost of upkeep was just too much for the WI.

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Cycle ride to raise need for cycle path from Bampton to The Trout along Buckland Road, 1999

  • BCA - 2022.3604
  • Series
  • 1999

The Trout part way along the road from Bampton to Buckland is a very popular eating place. It is on the Thames and many fishermen and women have the right to have a rod there and they go to the pub, eat and fish. A cycle path would have been a wonderful addition to safe riding and these pictures are taken from scanned black and white negatives.

Riders included:

  • Jo Lewington
  • Dr Matthew Perry & wife Carole
  • Freda Bradley
  • Bishop Paul Burroughs

Janet Rouse

Flower Garlands in 2019

  • BCA - 2022.3606
  • Series
  • 2019

The last year we had a Flower Garland competition before Covid 19 put a temporary stop to it.
Ariah and Paisley Neatham 2019 (with the red coat and hood) first picture with Dawn Newland and the second one with Ruth Wheeler.
Third picture with the same two children plus Archie Comely and Ella Connors.

Janet Rouse

The Bampton Beam July 2012

  • BCA - 2022.3605
  • Series
  • July 2012

The Bampton Beam used to be produced 3 times a year. This copy is from July 2012. The topics covered and the advertisers include :-

Welcome to Summer by Louise Timmins-Gray, Editor
The Bampton Beam Needs Your Help!!
Royal British Legion, Poppy Service, The War Memorial, Sunday 11 November
Village Life
Bampton Zimbabwe Project Fair 2012
Rosebank and the Community Come Together by Mandie Oliver, Activities Coordinator
Society for the Protection of Bampton
Bampton Village Hall
Bampton Library – A Brighter Future for Your Library by Lesley Campbell, Lynne Pointer, Robin Shuckburgh and Jane Wallis BLEST (Bampton Library Events Support Team)
Goodbye Emmie’s by Jane Wallis
Bampton Community Shop: The History by Fenella Gray MBE
SPAJERS Donkey Derby Monday 27 August, Sandfords Field
Bampton Gardening Club News by Fenella Gray
Winning Poem from the Annual Garden Show 2011, ‘The Garden Show’ by Annette Minto
Aunty Beam
Sport – Bampton Badminton Club and Bampton Social Netball
Personal Announcements, Obituaries by Fenella Gray – Jonathan Phillips and Hilda Kent
Congratulations – marriage of James and Victoria Lovell
Letters to the Editor
Emmies – A Big Thank You Tom and Sylvia by Fenella Gray
From Belgrade to Bampton (via Bydgoszcz) by Charles Crawford
Questions Answered by Able Community Care
Bampton Baby and Toddler Group
Rouse’s Ramblings – Summer 2012 (1)
Rouse’s Ramblings Summer 2012 (2)
Rouse’s Ramblings Summer 2012 (3)
Rouse’s Ramblings Summer 2012 (4)
It’s a Pampered Life for Me? By Philippa Timmins-Gray
Arts and Culture – Love in the Time of Twitter – Launch of Short Film Competition for Relate, Oxfordshire
West Ox Arts – Oxfordshire Craft Guild Exhibition
An Extra for Downton Abbey by Ann Flute
Bring the Movies Back to Bampton
The Olympic Bell by David Timmins
Bampton Pre-School Playgroup
Jubilee Special by Janet Rouse
St Mary’s Church Flower Festival
West Ox Arts – Portraits of the Queen - an exhibition in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at West Ox Arts
Fiddles and Feet – by Janet Rouse
The 60th Bampton Shirt Race (a racer’s perspective) by Toby Hopkins
Safer West Oxon – West Oxfordshire Community Safety
SPAJERs Annual Shirt Race
The 60th Annual Shirt Race by Philippa Timmins-Gray
The Chariots!
Bampton’s Got Talent in the Village Hall by Janet Rouse
British Red Cross
Monday 4 June Morris Dancing
Garlands by Ruth Wheeler
Sobell House Hospice Charity Bookshop
Girls Rugby, the Cherubs, Witney RFC
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Sports Afternoon, Tuesday 5 June 2012 by Graham Haslam
The Barn Dance
Crossword
Get Well Wishes for Annette Minto from the Bampton Beam
Meet the Team at Spring Hair Boutique by Alexandra Tandy
Win a Pamper Session at Spring Hair Boutique
Spot On: Biztro by Amy Atkinson
Slimming World – New Consultant
Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland
HanneyFest - in support of Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and Hanney Pre-School
Thames Valley Police – Foundation Degree in Policing
Calendar of Events

LIST OF ADVERTIZERS
Inspiring Drama – screen acting classes, Summertown, Oxford
Oxlets.com
Carpet Options, Witney
Bampton Physiotherapy
Cotswold Bed & Breakfast
Graham Hunt, plumbing and heating engineer
Riverford Organic Vegetable Boxes
Abbey Properties
The Pitstop and Oxford Carb Services
The Morris Clown
P C Servicing
French Tuition by Mrs Cerian Cooper
Danetree Veterinary Surgeons, Faringdon
Home and Away - home minding service
Little Westbrook, Bampton, Self-Catering Cottage for two
David Burton Wedding Photography
Martin Drew, Podiatrist/Chiropodist
Computer Clinic – Graham Newman
Crisp Images – photography
Wheelgate House Bed and Breakfast
Electric Vehicles Ltd
The Gym at Carswell Golf and Country Club
Able Community Care
Bampton Garage
David Chanter Landscape Architect
Bampton Cars
Prestige Buildings
Trevor Gardner General Carpentry
Oxfordshire Wetrooms and Showers
Kernahan Service
Woods Hair and Beauty at Carswell Golf Club
Pellmans, solicitors, Eynsham
Grey Gables Garage
Ashtree Farm Accommodation
Bampton Village Window Cleaning Services
Andrew Bowman Master Thatcher
E Taylor & Son Funeral Directors
One Property Network – House and Garden Maintenance
Curtain Choice
N Nurden Motor Body Repairs
R Cooper, Builders, Painters, Decorators, Carpentry, Joinery, Dry Stone Walling
Paul Farr, Painter and Decorator
The Standlake Garage
The Coach House B&B
Room 4 Healing - Elizabeth Chanter
Nourish Oxford
Bampton Garden Plants
Patrick Strainge, Butchers
The Appliance Doctor
The Plough Inn, Clanfield
Shaun Guard TV Aerial Services
Andrew Money Paint Services
Oxford Double Glazing, Summertown, Oxford
Alexander Technique lessons
Body Talk Beauty Salon
Bampton Coffee House
Ferndale Preparatory School, Faringdon
AC Smart Tiling
Upham House Bed & Breakfast
Wags & Nags Grooming
Aston Repair Depot
Spring Hair Boutique
Biztro – lunch and evening meals
Nicky and Vicky Childcare
Systems & Solutions – computer shop
Janette Cardy Fitness
James Wildman Photography
The Romany Inn
Parallel Lines – Barbers and Ladies Salon
The Bampton Clinic
Ruby Rue Teas
TAD – Advanced Personal Trainer
S J Cooper, general builders
ORCC Trading Ltd

Janet Rouse

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