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The New Inn is renamed The Morris Clown

  • BCA - 2021.2611
  • Item
  • 1973

In 1973 the New Inn on Bampton's High Street was re-named The Morris Clown.
It was a very contentious issue because the jester in the Bampton Morris has never been called a Clown, always a Fool. That piece of history cut no mustard with the Brewery, Courage (Central) which is a pity. Now 48 years on, this perceived poorly renaming is hardly ever mentioned but there are still those who feel the name should be corrected.

Nik Stanbridge

The old Carillon in St Mary's, Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.876
  • Item
  • February 2009

The old carillon had to be turned off permanently in the end when too many pins on the drum had fallen out and simply would not stay in place when put back.

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

The Old Grammar School in Church View

  • BCA - 2019.2211
  • Item
  • various dates

BAADF6 - The north side of the Grammar School in Church View built in 1650. Photograph taken in 1946. There was a good area of garden with it which can be seen beyond the building but most of it is now fenced off and rented by the people in Church

Bampton Community Archive

The original Duttons shop

  • BCA - 2021.2552
  • Item
  • c1880-1960

This is the original Duttons shop in Bridge Street somewhere about 1880. Note at this time there were just two windows, not four that are there today.

In the second picture you can see George Dutton on the left and the 15 year old boy is William Mathews who a few years later bought the shop from George. George was not brilliant at running a shop but the Midland Bank established a counter within it which George ran and he was very good at figures. When the bank took over the premises next door to the butcher, he moved to be the fulltime teller and that's when he sold the shop to William.

The third picture was taken in 1960. Note the cycle rack stand. Dr Bullen's wife is on the left of the picture.

Bampton Community Archive

The Paddocks declared a fire and virus hazard at over crowded caravan site

  • BCA - 2021.2529
  • Item
  • December 2020

The Paddocks has permission for 8 plots with one static and one travelling caravan supposed to be on each plot. These articles detail how this has been breached. It also reports on the death of Donna Smith at the site who had been placed in a car and left there all night and then all day on one of the hottest days of the year.

Bampton Community Archive

The Pill Box, by Simon Rae

  • BCA - 2020.2371
  • Item
  • May 25th 2011

In the spring of 2011 Nik Stanbridge put on an exhibition for the Bampton Community Archive of Pill Boxes in this area during WWII. Simon Rae wrote a play about life revolving around one pill box and it was given its first airing in the Village Hall to coincide with the exhibition.

It was a delightful play and the scenery was excellent.

Bampton Community Archive

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