A few photographs taken of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing on Spring Bank Holiday in 2003. Musician Reg Hall Dancers Jonny Shuker, Toby Perry, Cyril Smith, Billy Main and Martin Landray. Ray Borrett the fool dancing the fool's jig.
A second Downton Abbey film is being made and once again Saint Mary's church, Churchgate House, the Old Grammar School and the area around the church in Bampton will be used for some of the location shooting.
Summary of Bampton Vicars and Vicarages, dating from years 11th to late 14th century. supplied by Maggie Harris of Churchgate House. Vicars names mentioned: Godfrey de Lucy John D'Alencon John Fitz John Hugh De Ilchester Philip DeExeter Hugh De Scotthorn Roger De Bromyard Nicholas De Bampton Robert De Lucy Simon the Vicar Nicholas de Totnes William Pibcerna William de Coleshill Henry de Paris John dew Kar William de Bodmin Richard de Beeston Robert De Buckingham Richard de Exeter Robert Bythewall John De Serynton Thomas Chasteloun John Chame(or Chanie) John Brown Roger De Heulee William Elys Robert Richard De Braud hurst Robert Fleming William Wenrich Wiliam Belamyslond Roger Ford Thomas Dyer John Moore John Culmere John Pope Richard Moore William Woode Robert Ayington Thomas yonge Thomas Fyssher William Gawel William Hoper Richard Clerk Edmune Willesford John Southwode Richard Heynson John Lichfield John Dyer Edmund Crispin John Dagle Walter Wright William Leveson Thomas de Boulegh John Holrygg John Wydelond John Forde John Fyla William Dyer alias Cole Robert Holcot Thomas Hoye Richard Crispin Thomas Burton John Whyte John Dotyn Henry Dotyn John Arthur Francis Dirston Robert Hopar Richard Houghall (Hughol, Huffield) Hjohn Hynton John Chaplain John Loskyns Richatd Clerk John Simondes Walkelin William Pincerna
Horses on Church Green. Men with white flags kept the horses under control. A strip of white rag was tied on the tail of a horse when it was sold. In later years, a white sticker was stuck to their rumps. Note the temporary railing in front of Church Gate house. Ladies and children stayed safe in the churchyard while they watched proceedings
Horse Fair - ponies tied up on Church Green were considered by the vendors to be suitable for pit ponies and the Welsh miners knew to come to this part of Bampton to buy their pit ponies. Here, the ladies and children are inside the church wall away from the horses but able to watch the proceedings. It was an event much enjoyed by all and the ladies and children have got their best hats on.