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"Rocky" to his friends, "Dicky" to his family - Ernest Bishop

  • BCA - 2017.1296
  • Item
  • c1985

'Rocky' Ernie Hunt, seen here in a pub in Bampton, was known as Dicky to his family. When Ernie died, his birth certificate showed his real name was Ernest Bishop. He worked at the Royal Corps of Signals camp in Weald and continued wor...

Bampton Community Archive

'Chain Reaction' cycle path rally at Tadpole Bridge. 2002.

  • BCA - 2019.1860
  • Item
  • 2002

In 2002 a group of people calling themselves 'Chain Reaction' did all they could to raise sufficient money to have a safe cycle path created from Bampton to Tadpole Bridge, but sadly they were not able to achieve their ambition. Two yea...

Bampton Community Archive

'Father and Dart' in 1890

  • BCA - 2019.1954
  • Item
  • 1890

'Father and Dart' in 1890. Picture donated by RHC Davies. The name of 'Father' is not known

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'Rocky' Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1991

  • BCA - 2019.1853
  • Item
  • 1991

Ernie 'Rocky' Hunt and Chad Trueman in the background, Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1991. Rocky was known as Dicky to all his family. When Ernie died, his birth certificate showed his real name was Ernest Bishop.

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'Stone, Fire, Paper, Water' April 2003

  • BCA - 2019.2068
  • Item
  • April 2003

An exhibition with the title 'Stone, Fire, Paper, Water' was put on in the Gallery in April 2003 by four artists.Alec Peever - sculptures on slate - StoneRachel Higgins - animal sculptures - fireAnnie Wootton - papier-mâché - PaperJulia ...

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'Thinking Aloud' the work of 13 mature students March 2002

  • BCA - 2019.2028
  • Item
  • March 2002

An exhibition in the Gallery by 13 mature students studying at North Oxfordshire College, Banbury.Print sketches and photo etchings by Geoff Smithsculpture by Catherine Wardsculpture by Cherry Kingsculpture by Liz Smithand several more.

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100 exhibits from woodcut to embroidery to paintings May 2002

  • BCA - 2019.2029
  • Item
  • May 2002

100 exhibits from woodcuts to embroidery to paintings in May 2002 in the Gallery in the Town Hall. Of particular note for the author of the newspaper articles were works byMargaret Charlton's embroideryJeremy R Jarvis's two large canvas...

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1898 Fowler steam roller

  • BCA - 2019.1763
  • Item
  • 1898

John Wharton explained:-This is an 1898 Fowler steam roller. But there is a story that goes with it. In 1898 the employees of Fowlers of Leeds went on strike because they objected to their wages being reduced. The Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Co...

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1904 winning Fire Brigade team from Bampton at Crystal Palace

  • BCA - 2017.1186
  • Item
  • 1904

In 1904 Bampton's Fire Brigade won the regional finals and so went to Crystal Palace to take part in the National Competition, which they won. The photograph shows the men who went to Crystal Palace

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1950s ATC

  • BCA - 2018.1612
  • Item
  • c1952

ATC group circa 1952. Names on the photograph are Dennis Harris, Les Harrison, Billy Buckingham, Brian Lawrence, Philip Horne, Norman Craddock, Ron Cross, Raymond 'Boxer' Paintin, Jimmy Harris, Harry Owen and Wing Commander T Lloyd-Jone...

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1965 A pylon that once held a windmill on White Owl Farm

  • BCA - 2019.2164
  • Item
  • 1965

1965. This pylon was the framework that once held a windmill on White Owl farm. The farm belonged to Bert and Ted Wilkins. As they were not intending to mend the windmill, Ray Evans from the Royal Corps of Signals based in Weald asked if his am...

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1970 Pupils asked how Witney could be improved 1970

  • BCA - 2019.2296
  • Item
  • 1970

In 1970 pupils in Witney were asked for their ideas on how Witney could be improved. One suggestion was to re-name the town to Witney-on-The -Windrush. Seen in the picture are L-R Philip Clayton, Nanette Bishop, Marjorie Pollard OBE JP from The ...

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1971 - WI Golden Jubilee year for Bampton

  • BCA - 2019.1930
  • Item
  • 1971

In 1971 The Bampton branch of the Women's Institute celebrated its Golden Jubilee. This newspaper cutting reports on some of the activities.

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2014. Sisters unite in requesting a public inquiry

  • BCA - 2020.2356
  • Item
  • December 2014

Witney Gazette December 3rd 2014. Sisters unite in requesting a public inquiry after each of their brothers died from starvation after their benefits were drastically cut.Cathie Wood and Gill Thompson, sisters to Mark Wood of Bampton and David Cl...

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3 artists exhibit in the Gallery, October 2002

  • BCA - 2019.2034
  • Item
  • October 2002

Work by three artist was exhibited in the Gallery in October 2002Terry Wigley - photographerGilly Whittington - potterChristopher Townsend -sculptor/artist

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3 soldiers billeted at Home Farm WWII

  • BCA - 2017.413
  • Item
  • world war two

These three soldiers were billeted at Home Farm in Bampton during World War Two. Home farm is in the HIgh Street in Bampton. Sadly nobody knows their names

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5 Cyber attacks in our NHS trust

  • BCA - 2018.1630
  • Item
  • April 2017

The county's biggest NHS Trust has vowed to remain 'vigilant' after figures revealed it had been hit by five cyber attacks in the past year. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was targeted unsuccessfully five times in...

Bampton Community Archive

A Century in Pictures January 2002

  • BCA - 2019.2024
  • Item
  • January 2002

A very different type of exhibition in the Gallery in Bampton in January 2002 saw 100 boxes, each containing 100 pictures and a distinctive word or phrase from the year for people to brows through.Jimmy Symonds created this 'Words of The Cent...

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A Mosaic for The Millennium by the Town Hall July 2002

  • BCA - 2019.2030
  • Item
  • July 2002

A Millennium Mosaic was unveiled in Bampton by the Town Hall by Tony Walker of WODC. The mosaic was created by Rosalind Wates and sculptor Alec Peever made a plaque to commemorate the occasion. Residents took part in the creation through a works...

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A Shirt Race in the 1970s

  • BCA - 2017.714
  • Item
  • 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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A brief history of Sherbourne House on Bridge Street

  • BCA - 2019.2058
  • Item
  • 2012

As part of the exhibition on A History of Trade in Bampton, Mavis Newing kindly supplied this historical account of Sherbourne houses, 1 and 2 in Bridge Street

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A class photo from Bampton C of E School 1980

  • BCA - 2018.1552
  • Item
  • 198

This is the class photograph taken in 1980 when there were two age groups in the class.1. Mrs Chris Barker2. Mrs Vera Elward3. Andrew Smith4. Ian Harris5. Elaine Cooper6. James Montgomerie7. Ashley Sturgis8. Maxwell Hastie9. Luella Keeble10. Rache...

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A group of print makers exhibit their work, September 2006

  • BCA - 2019.2086
  • Item
  • September 2006

A group of printmakers came together to put on a really lovely display of their work in September 2006. Artists includedJane Peart - who has an affinity with animalsHeather Power - etched sculptural winter trees and stitched booksMorna Rhys - wat...

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A history of cricket in Bampton

  • BCA - 2019.2155
  • Item
  • January 2019

Bampton has had a long history of playing cricket and Anna Pitt put on a wonderful, well researched exhibition on the subject in January/February 2019. The catalogue of the exhibition is still on sale. This is a double spread newspaper article a...

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A letter marking the closure of Emmies, our Papershop

  • BCA - 2017.247
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  • May 26th 2012

In May 2012 our papershop known as Emmies, run by Tom and Silvia Papworth closed for the last time. The letter gives a history of the shop, the people who ran it. It documents not only the passing of the papershop but records the very active par...

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A picture of Mary Shergold in service at Bampton Manor

  • BCA - 2017.922
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  • soon after WWII

This is a photograph of Mary Shergold, wife of Roy, when she was in service at Bampton Manor after WWII. We made a sound recording Mary talking about her life's work and it's a wonderful account of the life of someone who started life i...

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A sea of crocus in bloom in Bampton Manor

  • BCA - 2017.877
  • Item
  • February 24th 2009

Each February, a wonderful sea of Crocuses come into flower in lawns of Bampton Manor and it's an absolute joy to stand at the gate in Broad Street and take in this scene.

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A typical farmyard scene early nineteen hundreds

  • BCA - 2017.712
  • Item
  • 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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A very old map of Bampton

  • BCA - 2018.1638
  • Item
  • unknown

This is a very old map of Bampton - New Road, Mount Owen Road and others have yet to be created.

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A view of St Mary's across Sandford Field

  • BCA - 2020.2444
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

This picture shows the spire of St Mary The Virgin Church in Bampton seen across Sandford field. It was taken early in the twentieth century. Today, a hedge obscures the view of the houses in the foreground but not all still exist.

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A wonderful View. Heaven & Hell, Death & Judgment - original colour

  • BCA - 2019.2252
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

This very old newspaper or magazine article was found by John & Rose Grout when they were doing work to the old fireplace in their home called Roseanne, in Church Street.It's a real bit of Fire & Brimstone and such a pity the date is ...

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AGM of Bampton branch of the British Legion plus Women's section 1968

  • BCA - 2019.1917
  • Item
  • 1968

From a Local newspaper. Feb 1968. Report of the AGM of Bampton Branch of the British Legion along with the Women's section. President Capt C R Radclyffe; Chairman P Mathem; vice chairman E Spurrett; secretary John Quick; standard bearer W Jac...

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Account of the 1975 Shirt Race

  • BCA - 2017.1094
  • Item
  • 1975

The first Shirt Race in Bampton was run to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and it's been run every year on the Saturday of the May Bank Holiday weekend ever since. In 2016 the Witney Gazette ran one of their articles on events...

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Ada Tanner & daughter Stella plus two others

  • BCA - 2019.1750
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  • c1938

Partly a family photograph with mother Ada Tanner and daughter Stella on the left with two other children. Stella became Mrs Whitlock. Ada's maiden name was Butler. For the full family tree do have a look at https://atom.bamptonarchive.org...

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Advert for Bampton Garden Centre April 6th 2016

  • BCA - 2017.1038
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  • April 6th 2016

The Bampton Garden Centre has grown into a really good sized garden centre offering annuals, perennials, fruit trees and others and it has a lovely cafe with locally made produce. It has garden furniture, seeds, pots of all sorts and occasionally ...

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Advert from the magazine "Illustrated" September 15th 1951

  • BCA - 2017.357
  • Item
  • September 15th 1951

This is a page out of a magazine called "Illustrated" for September 15th 1951 and was advertising The Standard Vanguard. It shows Bampton Morris Men dancing outside the Elephant and Castle on Bridge Street, Bampton with Jingy Wells on f...

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Airman, Reg Smith, married Albert Radband's sister, Beryl Joan Radband.

  • BCA - 2019.1959
  • Item
  • 1950s

Airman, Reg Smith, married Albert Radband's sister, Beryl Joan Radband.He was the brother of twins Peggy and Dolly.Godfather of Jamie Wheeler.Marion Paintin said "Joan and Reg had two children Linda and Michael who married my sister Sus...

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Alec Wixey with Roy Hewitt

  • BCA - 2017.1140
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  • 1980s

Alec Wixey on the left with Roy Hewitt Morris dancing with Bampton Morris Men

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Alf Smith and his sister Peggy James

  • BCA - 2018.1594
  • Item
  • c2000

Alf Smith and his sister Peggy James. Peggy enjoyed playing darts. Peggy's parent were Annie and George Smith. ]"This picture was taken watching me on a sports day, I am guessing 1959/1960. George and Annie Smith were Mum's pare...

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Alfie Bryant's school in Wheelgate House, Market Square

  • BCA - 2019.2320
  • Item
  • 1897

Alfie Bryant's school at Wheelgate house, Market Square.Alfie also ran the Fire & Life Insurance Office from here. The school is possibly decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.There was very little that went on in Ba...

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Allotments by Cheyne Lane near the brook, C2000

  • BCA - 2019.2190
  • Item
  • about 2000

This plot of land is by Cheyne Lane on left just before reaching the brook having gone down from by the butcher's shop. It was worked as allotments for a few yeas but then that all stopped. The crops never looked robust and I think the rabb...

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

  • BCA - 2017.767
  • Item
  • 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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Ambition to make Arts fit for a city. March 7th 2003

  • BCA - 2019.2066
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  • March 7th 2003

After the merger of the nine region arts boards into one, Arts Council England has published its manifesto, 'Ambitions. In this article Penelope Marcus, a regional council member and on the boards of Oxford Inspires and Modern Art Oxford, lo...

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An Address to Parents in 1850 bringing children to school in Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.841
  • Item
  • 1850

This notice was given to all parents bringing their children to school in 1850. This was the new National School in Church View, where the Youth Club, Boxing Club and Bush Club members now meet. I wonder what parents would say today if given thi...

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An Ayrshire cow in a brook in Bampton

  • BCA - 2020.2445
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

This picture is of an Ayrshire cow enjoying standing in a stream on the edge of Bampton. Once a bread of cattle common in the area because they were good for both milk yield and beef but now hardly every seen in Oxfordshire if at all.

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An Exhibition on some of Bampton's Families

  • BCA - 2019.2180
  • Item
  • September 2018

The Bampton Community Archive puts on three exhibitions each year which run for two months. In September 2018 Janet Newman put up a wonderfully researched exhibition on some of Bampton's Families. Family trees were printed out on scrolls fo...

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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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An evacuee family outside Bishops during WWII

  • BCA - 2019.1812
  • Item
  • WWII

An evacuee family including children outside Emmie and Eddie Foreshew's mother's shop which became 'Emmies' until Tom and Sylvia Papworth retired in 2012 and being unable to find a buyer for their business, the property became...

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Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society certificate

  • BCA - 2019.2214
  • Item
  • late C19th to early C20th

Before our National Health System came into being in July 1948, people could pay a little each week into a club or Friendly Society and if they should find themselves unable to work through illness or accident, the society would give them enough m...

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Ancient path from south gate to Norman door of St Mary's

  • BCA - 2019.1761
  • Item
  • 1977

This ancient path runs from just inside the south gate to St Mary's up to the Norman door. Grass has been allowed to grow over it now so it is no long visible, which is a pity.

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Ann Manly & Dennis Harrison exhibition November 2000

  • BCA - 2019.1984
  • Item
  • Nov 5th to Nov 26th 2000

This is the flyer for an exhibition by Ann Manly and her husband Dennis Harrison in November 2000. All their paintings were done outside and part of the exhibition is Grand Canal, Venice by Dennis and the other part is Dordogne Vineyard, France b...

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Annual Christmas Gift Fair December 2000

  • BCA - 2019.2016
  • Item
  • November 2000

Each year West Ox Arts mount a special Christmas Craft Fair in December. In 2000 the theme was The Twelve Days of Christmas. Work includedceramicstextileswoodpapier machejewellerybasketwaremosaicscalligraphycardspicture/photo framesand more ...

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

  • BCA - 2017.748
  • Item
  • 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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Annual inspection of RAF Bampton Castle in Weald

  • BCA - 2019.2167
  • Item
  • April 1993

RAF Signals station at Weald.The air officer supporting Air Command carrying out the annual inspection in April 1993.The RAF took over use of the site in September 1969 from the Royal Corps of Signals which had been stationed there since it opened...

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April 8th 2013 New Weightlifting Club & school

  • BCA - 2017.997
  • Item
  • April 8th 2013

When the two old Horsa buildings were taken down behind the old school in Church View the Bush Club needed new premises. As part of a large re-vamp of the old school, a new extension was put on at the back for the Bush Club and the room that had ...

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Ariana Windle dies but show goes on September 2004

  • BCA - 2019.2071
  • Item
  • September 2004

Ariana Windle was one of 4 artists to exhibit in September 2004 but she died shortly before the exhibition date. However, her children hung some of her work alongside that of Lesley Williams, Lyn Anderson and Ben Drew.

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Arnold Woodley & his musicians 1974 outside the Jubilee

  • BCA - 2017.1145
  • Item
  • 1974

Arnold Woodley and his musicians outside the Jubilee Inn in the Market Square in 1973. Frank Purslow on melodeon, Andrew Bathe on fiddle and Arnold on fiddle playing for the Bampton Morris Men

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Article - The Arts Thrive in Bampton February 1976

  • BCA - 2019.2123
  • Item
  • February 1976

An article titled 'The Arts Thrive in Bampton' by Harriet Daniels talking about the various exhibitions and workshops that have been arranged by WOAA

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Artist Nigel Plumb exhibits at The Gallery in July 2000

  • BCA - 2019.2014
  • Item
  • 2000

Artist Nigel Plumb held an exhibition in 2000 in the Art Gallery called Drawn to Dripped from July 9th.The majority of his works in the exhibition were created by dripping household gloss paint on to paper canvas with a stick.

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Arts Groups in Line For £50k boost

  • BCA - 2019.2025
  • Item
  • January 2002

West Oxfordshire District Council hoped to give £50k for special art development schemes in West Oxfordshire. The Gallery in Bampton was to get £3,750. The spending had to be ratified by the full council in the budget process for the coming year....

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Arts Weeks, May 1999

  • BCA - 2019.2004
  • Item
  • May 1999

May 1999Arts Week. The Gallery in the Town Hall was used by the Oxford Arts Society because the room they had been using in the Westgate Library was no longer available to them.The picture shows some garden ceramics made by Maureen Wilsker.There w...

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Artweeks Exhibition May 2004

  • BCA - 2019.2070
  • Item
  • May 2004

Among artists exhibition in Bampton were Ann Manly and her husband Dennis Harrison with their water colours, drawings by Christine Burgess, sculptures by Juliet Dyer.

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Badgers in Oxfordshire to be vaccinated against TB

  • BCA - 2019.2175
  • Item
  • January 2019

The debate about whether cows give badgers TB, badgers give it to cows or if the disease is simply in the soil continues as does the debate on whether mass shooting of badgers is the answer. In Oxfordshire, it has been decided that vaccinating th...

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Baled straw, St Mary's in the background August 22nd 2016

  • BCA - 2017.1225
  • Item
  • August 22nd 2016

Well into the second half of the C20th straw was baled up in sizes that a man could pick up. Now, very large rectangular bales are made which require machinery to lift them. St Mary The Virgin can be seen in the background.

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Bampton C of E Nativity December 2016 recorded by the Witney Gazette

  • BCA - 2017.1070
  • Item
  • December 2016

Bampton C of E did put on a classical Nativity play in December 2016. Some of the children taking part include Isla Cooley, Seth Hall, Amelia Day, Jack Launder, Sophia Causer, Chloe Ryan, James Bruce, Logan Buckingham, Amelia Foster and Callum Gi...

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Bampton C of E school 1995.

  • BCA - 2019.1662
  • Item
  • 1995

This photograph is taken looking from the school gates in 1995. The school is at the top of Bowling Green Close and was opened in September 1960 replacing the old National School in Church View. The National School came back into use in the 1970...

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