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An advert for the George & Dragon, c1980

  • BCA - 2017.802
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  • c1980

This advert was from one of the Horticultural Society brochures. Fred and Ileane Hammond ran the pub which was the headquarters for the Bampton Horticultural Society, Bampton and District Numismatic Society, Traditional Bampton Morris and the Bam...

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Ron HIckman, butcher in Bampton in the 1970s and 80s dies

  • BCA - 2017.797
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  • n/a

Ron Hickman ran a butcher's shop on Smiths Estate before buying the butcher's shop in Bridge Street where he stayed until the 1980s when he sold it to Patrick Strainge. Ron and his wife Betty were much liked here in Bampton and news of ...

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Donkey Derby Aug 31st 2015

  • BCA - 2017.793
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  • August 31st 2015

An account of the Donkey Derby August Bank Holiday Monday 2015, organised by the SPAJERS every year to raise funds to give the pensioners a treat.

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Bampton Parish Church news throughout 1903 plus Aston news

  • BCA - 2017.789
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  • 1903

These pages are all from the monthly magazine 'Bampton Parish Church News and Notices' for the whole of 1903. Really interesting history covering topics;- end of war in South Africa; King Edward VII crowned; smallpox in Bampton; row of ...

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The Dixey family trees

  • BCA - 2017.788
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  • 1670-2003

These are 5 family trees, all members of the Dixey family.

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Floods outside the Elephant and Castle, Whit Monday May 16th 1932.

  • BCA - 2017.786
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  • May 16th 1932

This wonderful photograph was taken in the flood on Whit Monday May 16th 1932. Alec Townsend from Castle View Farm is on the left in the water, 'Buscot' Tanner in the barrow (with mustache) along with Mr & Mrs Tanner. Son Townsend ...

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Some houses for sale in Bampton in 2016

  • BCA - 2017.785
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  • 2016

These cuttings are from the Witney Gazette in 2016 and all are adverts for the sale of dwellings or a business premises in Bampton

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From Gough to Google. Key stages in the Development of Printed Maps of Oxfordshire

  • BCA - 2017.782
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  • October 25th 2012

John Leighfield was incredibly generous giving both a CD of the slides he used and the written copy of his talk on From Gough to Google, documenting the history of map making and in particular with reference to Oxfordshire, to anyone interested en...

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From Gough to Google. Maps with talk by John Leighfield October 2012 to BEWG

  • BCA - 2017.781
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  • October 2012

John Leighfield gave a fascinating talk to the Bampton Environmental Watch Group (BEWG) October 2012 which he called From Gough to Google. He illustrated his talk with these 157 slides in a Power Point show. He was incredibly generous giving awa...

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Photographs across Highmore Brook to Knapps farm and the church beyond

  • BCA - 2017.780
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  • c1980

At one time you could not only see across the ford in Cheyne Lane going across the Highmore brook (now wrongly referred to as the Shill Brook) but you could have driven across it. Gerald Read has planed trees across the old highway and put razor ...

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Flyer for Around The World In 80 Days October 11th 2014

  • BCA - 2017.778
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  • October 11th 2014

This is the flyer for the production of 'Around The World In 80 Days' October 11th 2014 put on in the Village Hall by The Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxfordshire Theatre Company. Three actors portrayed at cast of thousands in this madca...

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Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes praises Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.776
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  • December 26th 2015

Julian Fellowes said Bampton residents had "remained supportive and hospitable" throughout the filming of the series . Christmas Day was the last opportunity for viewers to follow the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family, as Lady...

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Wedding photo of Son Townsend from Castle View Farm, Bridge Street

  • BCA - 2017.775
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  • August 10th 1939

This photograph was taken at the wedding of 'Son' Townsend from Castle View Farm in Bridge Street. On the left is his sister Dora, to the right Mary and Kate. August 10th 1939. They were married at the Roman Catholic church in Buckland.

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The Bush Club celebrates 30 years in January 2016

  • BCA - 2017.770
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  • January 2016

The Bush Club is a day centre for the elderly that was begun in 1985 and is run 100% by volunteers. Members pay a little for their lunch and occasionally a fund raising event is held. It started life using both Horsa buildings at the back of the...

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Bampton Fire Brigade gets a new pump October 1929

  • BCA - 2017.769
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  • October 1929

This is a very old newspaper cutting from 1929 showing Bampton Fire Brigade's new fire appliance which replaced a 13 year old manual pump.

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Bampton Community Shop to close 2016

  • BCA - 2017.768
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  • spring 2016

A MUCH-LOVED shop in Bampton is closing after nearly a decade, following a dispute about storing its stock. Bampton Community Shop has provided the parish with a wide range of bric-and-brac items often donated by members of the public, while also...

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Altar with Roman Goddess Fortuna found by Gerald Read on Knapps Farm

  • BCA - 2017.767
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  • n/a

The altar is carved from a large block of limestone measuring 96cms in height. In the front of the block is carved a niche which contains a seated figure, shown in relief. The figure is that of the Roman Goddess Fortuna, wearing a long tunic and...

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Flyer for Bampton Classical Opera Summer 2016

  • BCA - 2017.766
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  • July 2016

This flyer was produced to publish the program for Bampton Classical Opera Summer 2016 in Bampton. 'Divine Comedies' were the two comedies to be performed; Gluck's Philemon and Baucis, Arne's The Judgement of Paris, both perfor...

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Back of the Elephant & Castle when still a pub

  • BCA - 2017.764
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  • 1990s

One photograph is taken from the top of the car park behind the Elephant & Castle looking down to the road and the other one shows the outbuildings George & Pat Blackwell had converted for B&B when they were landlords at the pub

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RAF Bampton Castle - a brief history

  • BCA - 2017.762
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  • Sept 1969-2001

This account of the RAF base in Weald called RAF Bampton Castle was supplied by an officer from RAF Brize Norton. Before the RAF took over the radio station in September 1969 it was The Royal Corps of Signals and opened in 1943 when it was built.

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Bampton Town FC. Cups & Shields won over the years, governing body members

  • BCA - 2017.761
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  • 1931-1994

There are three pages in this pdf. One lists some of the cups and shields won by Bampton Town FC between 1931 and 1934, a second lists president, chairman, secretary, treasurer, general committee, trustees and the third page lists the players who...

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Bampton Horticultural Society Schedule for 1980

  • BCA - 2017.760
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  • 1980

The schedule gives the list of classes for entering in both the August and October shows for 1980. The adverts that supported the cost of production also give a wonderful insight into local businesses of the time

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A History of The Bampton Mummers by Don Rouse 2009

  • BCA - 2017.758
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  • 2009

The Mummers' play performed in Bampton is one of only two that are 2-act plays in the UK. Don's account is very thorough and well worth reading. Don joined in 1948 soon after the play was revived after WWII and was in it for many decades.

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The use of Thomas Jenner's fields in Weald 1731

  • BCA - 2017.757
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  • 1731

These legal documents from 1731 name the fields that Thomas Jenner farms in Weald. There are two documents and the envelope there were in

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Bampton's Horse fair, fun fair, host to a big tour of many Morris sides

  • BCA - 2017.753
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  • August 25th 1972

The date of August 25th 1972 is the date the newspaper article was published but Ethel Moss recalls “In the early part of the twentieth century, the fair in the Market Square was not the main attraction, it was the Horse Fair. A little before 6pm...

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Annual Parish Meeting open to all in newly restored Town Hall 1973

  • BCA - 2017.748
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  • March 28th 1973

Mr Lloyd Hughes Owens welcomed about 85 people to the Parish Council AGM in the newly restored Town Hall in 1973. There is naturally a long list of items covered and it makes interesting reading 34 years on (2017)

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Town Hall clock is 63 years old in 1971

  • BCA - 2017.745
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  • c1971

There must have been a previous newspaper article suggesting the clock on the Town Hall was 100 years old. The stone tablet let into the east side of the wall clearly shows it was put up in 1908 making it 63 years old in 1971. It was Mrs Moss, t...

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Oliver O. Collett special cocoa tins. World War One

  • BCA - 2017.746
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  • 1914 - 1948

Oliver Onesipherous Collett invented the Bampton Voiturette in 1901, the first motorcar to be seen in these parts. He also did his part for the troops abroad during WWI; people were collecting Christmas parcels for 1916 to send to the Bampton sol...

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The Misses Pembrey School Prospectus

  • BCA - 2017.743
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  • September 4th 1992

This letter was sent to a local paper from New York in September 1992 and was cut out and kept by Lloyd Hughes Owens. Whether or not he answered the enquirer I don't know but if he didn't and any of the Pembrey family in America care to...

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Mr Tony Humphris withdraws from election. Mar 29th 1973

  • BCA - 2017.741
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  • March 29th 1973

Tony Humphris, Labour, Bampton division (not sure if the paper spelt his name correctly) withdrew from the first election of the new Oxfordshire County Council on April 12th 1973. It left the contest to be between Dorothy Graeme Thomson and Kenne...

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Future of the Town Hall 1971, opening of restored Town Hall 1972

  • BCA - 2017.736
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  • 1971-1972

In 1971 there was much debate about the future of our Town Hall and in the end, it was decided to restore the building making all parts useful. There was also debate about who should have the use of the building. In the end it was restored and r...

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Newspaper cutting showing Arthur Hill's antique shop July 8th 1960

  • BCA - 2017.734
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  • July 8th 1960

Arthur Hill took over the running of the family antique shop from his parents. Over the years it became much more a bric-a-brac shop and requests for anything seen in the window which was not easy to get at was met with 'My executors will ge...

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Articles about Bampton from 1954, 1971 and 1975 and one probably before WWII

  • BCA - 2017.733
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  • 1954-1975

These articles cover the topics of the nightly curfew, no mains drainage, Morris Dancing, the railway station which is two miles away, Count Munster, Air Marshall Sir Roderick Carr, Air Commodore A S Ellerton ADC to the King, Miss Taunt organist f...

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The Ghost of Bampton. July 8th 1960

  • BCA - 2017.732
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  • July 8th 1960

The article is about Bampton in general but the writer, Peter Sykes of Oxford Times collected a ghost story while in Bampton. He talks about the reduction in men working the land and working locally. Marjorie Pollard commented that there were 10...

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Newspaper adverts for businesses in Bampton in 1954

  • BCA - 2017.730
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  • 1954

These adverts are all from local papers from either November 11th or 26th 1954. Hughes Garage in Cheapside; Jubilee Inn and Cafe in the Market Square; W E Slim western end of Market Square; Margaret Roberts hairdresser, Constables for homemade br...

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When Bampton made a fool of itself - March 1900

  • BCA - 2017.727
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  • March 1900

Of all the events of the South African War none fired the popular imagination to the same extent as Baden Powell’s defence of the little town of Mafeking on the western border of the Transvaal. Its fate would have had little influence of the ulti...

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Cote Circuit Baptist Church June 1970

  • BCA - 2017.726
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  • June 1970

The first missionary to be sent out by Cote Baptist church was Henry John Dutton of Bampton. This article by Rev. E J Clarke MA is a newsletter full of information about the church and local events and people.

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Old Shifford and its Church

  • BCA - 2017.722
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  • n/a

The Manor of Shifford has been variously owned by Edward Crouchbank, the son of Henry III, John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, Henry IV, Lord North and Greville Harcourt. Shifford was virtually the first Parliamentary meeting-place of this coun...

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Letter from Reading Museum re Bampton Macehead

  • BCA - 2017.721
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  • September 9th 1971

A letter from R A Rutland, Archaeologist of the County Borough of Reading Museum and Art Gallery. Mr Rutland acknowledges that they do have the Bampton Macehead which probably came from Bampton Castle ie Ham Court.

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Sale. Freehold Properties July 1st 1932 of Mr Edwin James Horne

  • BCA - 2017.719
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  • 1932

This sales catalogue of July 1st 1932 lists the sale of several dwellings in Bampton. They include Rose Villa on the east side of Buckland Road; a dwelling with three sitting rooms, four bedrooms and two attics and large garden on the west side o...

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Special & Petty Session for the year 1849

  • BCA - 2017.718
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  • 1849

This page lists all the Special and Petty Sessions for the year 1849. It is for transferring victuallers' licences; auditing constables' accounts; issuing precepts to overseers; to return a list of people qualified to be counselors; hea...

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A Shirt Race in the 1970s

  • BCA - 2017.714
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  • 1970s

This picture is taken in Market Square to show the Shirt Race. However, at this time there was no porch built on to the WI Hall (now the Village Hall), No4 Town House is still a shop and the arch nearest downstairs of the Town Hall is open. The ...

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Gate Cottage

  • BCA - 2017.713
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  • mid twentieth century

Written on the back of this picture is 'Gate Cottage' but I have no idea where in Bampton it is. If you know, please use the link on the front page of the website and let us know.

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A typical farmyard scene early nineteen hundreds

  • BCA - 2017.712
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  • early twentieth century

This farmyard scene is very typical of the first half of the twentieth century. Using a horse for power and a thatched rick.

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Dredging a waterway

  • BCA - 2017.711
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  • early C19th

This shows men clearing a waterway, probably close to The Grange.

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Cheapside with 1890 on the back of the photo

  • BCA - 2017.710
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  • 1890

This photograph was made into a card. On the back is written 1890. You can just work out the name Holloway over the building that most of us think of as Adrian Simmonds' home and shop. Present day three story dwelling Eton Villas are yet t...

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Two aerial photographs of Bampton taken about 1953

  • BCA - 2017.707
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  • c1953

These two photographs give an excellent idea of what Bampton looked like in the early 1950s. Since this picture was taken the following have been built:- The Pieces, Pococks Close, the west side of Bushey Row, the north side of Bowling Green Clos...

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Old Time Bampton People by Lloyd Hughes Owens

  • BCA - 2017.702
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  • c1973

About 1973 Lloyd Hughes Owens made an album about some of the old people in Bampton with photographs and text. This is the album

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Memories of Bampton by members of the Over Sixty club, c1973

  • BCA - 2017.701
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  • c1973

Lloyd Hughes Owens spoke with members of the Over Sixty club in Bampton asking them about all sorts of topics. Their memories are recorded here, not all correct but it's what they thought. The topics covered are :- the Morris dancers, Garla...

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Notes from Bampton Vestry meetings 1859-1916

  • BCA - 2017.700
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  • 1859-1916

These extract from the Vestry meetings are both interesting and in places I think very funny; it makes you realise there's nothing new under the sun where politics is concerned. With the establish of Parish Councils the Vestries lost much of...

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Field name of Lower Haddon farm in 1937 and again in March 1949 for sale

  • BCA - 2017.699
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  • 1937-1949

These are two maps of Lower Haddon Farm which is just north of Bampton and on the south of Brize Norton runway. The 1937 map is hand drawn with field names written in. The second map was produced when the farm was up for sale in March 1949 by th...

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Local place names and a few local farms - by Lloyd Hughes Owens

  • BCA - 2017.697
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  • c1974

Lloyd Hughes Owens sought to find the origin of some local place names - Bampton, Aston, Brize Norton, Lew, Clanfield, Radcot, Black Bourton, Cote, Chimney and Weald. He also mentions a few farms - Mount Owen farm, Coal Pit farm and Backhouse far...

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