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History of Witney Point Blankets

  • BCA - 2017.832
  • Item
  • September 2016

Derek West of the Witney Gazette has an article most weeks where he looks back at people, places and events. Witney Blankets are famous across in Canada as well as in the home country. Witney point blankets have a fascinating history and I saw s...

Bampton Community Archive

Lead stolen from 27 churches across the diocese in the last 6 months

  • BCA - 2017.831
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  • September 2016

St Mary's in Bampton has had lead stolen from its roof twice within a month. 27 churches have suffered this in the diocese in the last 6 months. Churches are being urged to have alarms and CCTV fitted. Bampton's church now has alarms;...

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Death of Jan Walsh, wife of Jasper August 26th 2016

  • BCA - 2017.828
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  • August 26th 2016

Jan Walsh, wife of Jasper, died suddenly on August 26th 2016 after two stokes. Jan had the delightful disposition of not being able to talk without smiling which made her company so good and all who knew her feel her loss.

Bampton Community Archive

The Old Bell Cottage in Bell Lane is for sale October 2013

  • BCA - 2017.825
  • Item
  • October 2013

Bell Cottage is one of Bampton's very old houses probably dating from the sixteen century. It is to be found in Bell Lane behind Thornberry Flats. The lane is known as 'Back of The Bell' by elderly locals who've lived here al...

Bampton Community Archive

Public footpaths of Bampton on an old map

  • BCA - 2017.814
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  • possibly early 1960s

This map is showing the railway line very distinctly that ran from Witney to Fairford. It's main purpose is to show the public footpaths in an around Bampton. The railway line closed early in the 1960s so I think this map is from before then.

Bampton Community Archive

Witney Gazette reports on the May Bank Holiday Shirt Race 2016

  • BCA - 2017.812
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  • May 2016

The Witney Gazette has given a double page spread all about the Great Shirt Race in Bampton on the May Bank Holiday. The shirt race is organised by SPAJERS who organise events that provide fun for locals while raising funds to help the senior cit...

Bampton Community Archive

An advert for the George & Dragon, c1980

  • BCA - 2017.802
  • Item
  • 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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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 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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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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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
  • Item
  • 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...

Bampton Community Archive

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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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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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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Old Shifford and its Church

  • BCA - 2017.722
  • Item
  • 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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Special & Petty Session for the year 1849

  • BCA - 2017.718
  • Item
  • 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 ...

Bampton Community Archive

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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Death penny for Thomas Wells

  • BCA - 2017.675
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  • after 1st world war

This memorial plaque is for Thomas Wells. The Memorial Plaque was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war. The plaques (which could be described as la...

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Thanksgiving For Victory Service 1945

  • BCA - 2017.674
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  • 1945

This is the Service program for the Thanksgiving Service for Victory held in 1945. As the service sheet was printed in London it was probably a standard service to be held across the UK

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Letter from Bob Elliot of Radio Oxford with a cassette tape of a program

  • BCA - 2017.283
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  • April 29th 1981

BBC Radio Oxford came to The Eagle Inn during 1981 and made a program about the Bampton Morris for their program 'Folk on Saturday.' This letter Bob Elliot accompanied a taped copy of the program sent to Francis Shergold for his Morris ...

Bampton Community Archive

Invoice for Safe Ride minibus to Empress of Russia, London

  • BCA - 2017.293
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  • February 26th 1981

This is the invoice for booking a minibus from Safe Ride in Ramsden to take the Bampton Traditional Morris Men to the Empress of Russia in London. The team often went to the Folk Club in this pub at the invitation of Reg Hall who played there wit...

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Parish Council report c1964

  • BCA - 2017.434
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  • c1964

Sadly, there is no date on this newspaper cutting but I think it will be from early 1960s. The main heading states that the fairground boss will be given the bill for cleaning up after the fair comes to Bampton. Other items - to have the whole o...

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I. M. Group Workshop at Ham Court

  • BCA - 2017.584
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  • 1939-1945

This sign saying I. M. Group Workshop was found at Ham Court - referred to as Bampton Castle sometimes - and refers to the workshop that was sited at Ham Court farm during WWII where Jeeps were repaired and sent back out to the services for use.

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Letter from 'Lofty' to Edwin Eley from Safad, Palestine October 28th 1947

  • BCA - 2017.661
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  • October 28th 1947

This letter is from some who calls himself 'Lofty' real name James F Morris and is to Edwin Eley. Lofty is in one of the toughest police forces of the time in Salha Police Post, Safad, Palestine and he makes a correct forecast that they...

Bampton Community Archive

Daniel Gibbard, blacksmith

  • BCA - 2017.646
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  • 1904

Daniel Gibbard was one of Bampton's blacksmiths and this photograph was taken in 1904. The church parish almanac for 1904 can be seen very clearly on the wall behind him. The items on the mantle shelf, on his table and his long stemmed pipe...

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Shirt Race in 1965

  • BCA - 2017.647
  • Item
  • 1965

Each week the Witney Gazette does an article called 'Memory Lane' and this picture of the start of the shirt race from outside The Swan in Buckland Road was shown in 2016. The Shirt Race is just one fun event organised by the SPAJERS to...

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Ringing for the 60th anniversary of peace July 10th 2005

  • BCA - 2017.620
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  • July 10th 2005

On July 10th 2005 some of our Bampton bellringers celebrated the 60th anniversary of Peace by ringing the bells of St Mary's. Back row left to right are Hilary Openshaw, Carole Perry, Roger and Margaret Barns, Terry Gregory. Front row left ...

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Clothing appeal for liberated Europe

  • BCA - 2017.570
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  • post WWII

In association with the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief and under the patronage of the Right Worshipful The May and the Vice-Chancellor, there was a clothing appeal for the Liberated countries of Europe: - Holland, Belgium, France, Poland, Gree...

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Vera Elward's memory of Roderick Woodley

  • BCA - 2017.568
  • Item
  • 2004

Roderick Woodley was married to Rose Bunce, (sister of Emmie Papworth and Rose Gerring’s mothers.) When Roderick died, Rose married his brother Robert (Bob.) Rose died soon after giving birth to her daughter, Rose, who still now lives in Oxford....

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Soldier on a motorbike 1917

  • BCA - 2017.567
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  • 1917

This is a photograph of a soldier in WWI uniform on a motorbike

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C130K Hercules retired from RAF Brize Norton October 30th 2013

  • BCA - 2017.564
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  • October 30th 2013

This article from the Witney Gazette records the last two C130K Hercules planes departing service at RAF Brize Norton. Members of 47 Squadron bade them farewell after 47 years of service.

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Frost entrance of Bampton Manor

  • BCA - 2017.561
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  • 1980s

This photographs shows the main entrance to Weald Manor. The Latin inscription above the door is more or less asking if money is to be your boss or are you going to be the boss of money.

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Obituary for Frank Tanner, died November 10th 1980

  • BCA - 2017.560
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  • November 10th 1980

Frank Tanner was the last of the Tanner family to dance Bampton Morris. For many generations prior to WWII the Tanner family was one of the main stays of the side. Thomas Tanner, born c1770, his son Charles born 1816 were dancers and his son, an...

Bampton Community Archive

Winners of the Flower Garland

  • BCA - 2017.559
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  • 1990s

Winners of the Flower Garland -year and names not known but the Archive would be pleased to know these details. Do tell us quoting entry number 2017.559

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The Mummers in the late 1970s

  • BCA - 2017.558
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  • late 1970s

This picture of the Bampton Mummers was taken in the very late 1970s and shows Bill Daniels. Ted Hunt, Don Rouse, Arnold Woodley, Albert Woodley & Frank Purslow on floor.jpg

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Bell Cottage in Bell Lane for sal

  • BCA - 2017.557
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  • October 23rd 2013

Bell Cottage in Bell Lane is one of the oldest houses in Bampton. For several years it was used one day a week by a solicitor; I registered the birth of my second son there in 1974. The Village Hall used to be a pub called The Bell and the littl...

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Death of Alan Clarke landlord of The Horse Shoe

  • BCA - 2017.556
  • Item
  • October 9th 2013

Alan Clarke, the landlord of the Horse Shoe died suddenly on Monday evening. Alan was a great supporter of many events in Bampton; his pub was the headquarters of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men; he was instrumental in helping to raise money f...

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Exhibition of Downton Abbey costumes at West Ox Arts upstairs in the Town Hall

  • BCA - 2017.555
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  • October 2nd 2013

West Ox Arts based in the upper room of the Town Hall held an exhibition of 10 beautiful costumes used in the filming of Downton Abbey; parts of the series are filmed in Bampton. The charge of £5 per head helped West Ox Arts to raise £3,000. The...

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Five species of bat have been found at Chimney Meadows

  • BCA - 2017.552
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  • October 9th 2013

Five species of bats were found at Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve including common and soprano pipistrelle bats as well as noctule bats. There are 17 species in the UK

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Day out for the little ones c1930s

  • BCA - 2017.417
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  • late 1930s or just into WWII

This photograph has a few adults who took a great part in village life. Emmie Bishop who became Emmie (Emily) Papworth is on the extreme left and her sister Rose Greenway is one in from the right. The lady on the right is Miss Dutton, one member...

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Morris dancing outside The Lamb in the Market Square Whitsun 1939

  • BCA - 2017.519
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  • 1939

This photograph was taken at Whitsun 1939 and shows the Morris dancers dancing outside The Lamb Inn in the Market Square. The inn was finally completely demolished in 1960 to make way for a garage showroom for Market Square Garage, which itself w...

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Shops I E Busby and Clark & Son

  • BCA - 2017.518
  • Item
  • mid 20th century

This old photograph shows the shop of Clark & Son on the south side of High Street and the part of the shop of I E Busby that is at the south end of Bushey Row on the east side. Busby's shop also included what today (2017) is called Stra...

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