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Sweet Briar Cottage when it was thatched

  • BCA - 2019.2166
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  • first half C20th

This charming little cottage used to be called Pedlar's Patch and today is called Sweet Briar. The gate is next to Emmies on Bridge Street and the house is set back from the road, behind other cottages. It was the home of agricultural worke...

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Sales brochure for the Lew House Estate 2019

  • BCA - 2019.2154
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  • 2019

Lew House and the attached estate was put on the market in 2019. It could all be sold as one item or lots of land could be purchased separately. This Knight Frank sales brochure gives all the details.

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Badgers in Oxfordshire to be vaccinated against TB

  • BCA - 2019.2175
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  • 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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Threshing the corn using a steam engine to drive the threshing machine

  • 2019-09-11/0
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  • c1900

Before combine harvesters were the norm, threshing was done any time from November onwards when other harvesting had been done and probably once the cattle had been brought in under cover for the winter. In this picture you can see a steam driven...

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Frances & John Henly with children Roy and Margaret c1950

  • BCA - 2019.1722
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  • c1950

Frances and John Henly with their children Roy and Margaret, c1950. John farmed Deanery farm and Hobbs buildings and they lived in Deanery farmhouse in Broad Street.

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Funeral of George Collins June 29th 2018

  • BCA - 2019.2176
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  • Sept 22nd 1915 to June 5th 2018

George Collins and family came to Bampton in 1943 from Somerset when he bought Weald Farm. George lived to be 102 years old and was active almost to the last. The Archive filmed a conversation with George who talked about his farming life and yo...

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A few of the properties for sale in 2018

  • BCA - 2019.1695
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  • 2018

These are just a few of the properties for sale in 2018. They do not include any of the 160 homes recently built by Cala Homes along New Road.

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Skills crisis in the broiler chicken industry

  • BCA - 2017.1200
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  • 2017

Patrick Hook of PD Hook, one of the UK's largest meat chicken hatchery businesses, expresses his fears for getting skilled workers after Brexit. Much information in the article, very well worth reading, explaining the possibilities of appren...

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Death of Brenda Sapsford May 24th 2017

  • BCA - 2017.1197
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  • May 24th 2017

Brenda Sapsford came to live in Bampton when she retired from being secretary to David Johnson, the NFU secretary in Witney. She was an active member of the WI in Bampton until its sad demise and she was also a very efficient Parish Clerk in Bamp...

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AGGROW. Letter to OCC by chairman John Bowler - 14.3.17

  • BCA - 2017.1127
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  • March 14th 2017

AGGROW ie Anti Gravel Group of Residents in Oxfordshire West. Alvescot, Bampton, Black Bourton, Brize Norton, Broadwell, Carterton, Clanfield, Grafton/Radcot, Kelmscott, Kencot and Langford. Once again attempts are being made (March 2017) to ex...

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Improving access to Oxfordshire's countryside and green spaces

  • BCA - 2017.1138
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  • May 2017

TOE2 is Oxfordshire's independent environmental funder, supporting projects that make real and lasting improvements to the environment and to the lives of local people. TOE2, a charity and a not-for-profit company has worked in partnership ...

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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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Lidar map of the Bampton area

  • BCA - 2017.578
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  • 2016

These are Lidar maps of the Bampton area. LIDAR = Light Detection And Ranging. LIDAR uses a laser to scan and map the landscape from above and is widely considered to be the best method for collecting very dense and accurate elevation data acros...

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Death of Patricia Ann Henly March 18th 2016

  • BCA - 2017.839
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  • March 18th 2016

Patricia Ann Henly was married to Roy Henly and they lived and farmed at Hobbs Buildings on Station Road.

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

  • BCA - 2017.1225
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  • 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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Choir activity day and BBQ at Glebe Farm June 6th 2015

  • BCA - 2017.1074
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  • June 6th 2015

David and Sarah Jane New own Glebe Farm in Black Bourton; David is organist and choirmaster at St Mary's and once a year he generously invites the choir plus relatives and any friends who may be staying with them to go to the farm for either ...

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Ploughing Match in Kelmscott September 26th 2015

  • BCA - 2017.1112
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  • September 26th 2015

The Fairford, Faringdon, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Match Society held their annual ploughing match at Kelmscott on September 26th 2015. These photographs show some of what was to be seen at the show.

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Death of Evalyn Hornsby May 2015 then Fred Hornsby August 2015

  • BCA - 2017.809
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  • May-August 2015

Evalyn and Fred Hornby had lived in Bampton for many decades. Fred worked for John Henly and then his son Roy on Deanery farm and Hobbs Buildings and Evalyn worked at University farm for Mary Rouse. Evalyn died in the May and Fred in the August ...

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Filmed interviews with Bampton people by Bampton Community Archive

  • BCA - 2017.1288
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  • 2006-2015

These 4 pages list the YouTube web address of the filmed interviews done by the Bampton Community Archive. They are with Dave Rose with Terry Rouse bellringing; Vera Elward talking about Busby's department store; A History of St Mary's ...

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John Jaques from Bampton has been made chairman of the Under 30s Farmers' Club

  • BCA - 2019.1944
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  • 2015

Witney Gazette March 11th 2015 notes that John Jaques from Bampton has been made chairman of the Under 30s Farmers' Club.John is no relative of Sue Jaques who used to own and run the shop that is now a private dwelling called No4 Town House o...

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Hedgelaying competition at Glebe Farm March 15th 2014

  • BCA - 2017.980
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  • March 15th 2014

A hedgelaying competition was held on Glebe Farm, Weald courtesy of Simon Collins on March 15th 2014. Hedgelaying is time consuming but the great value in a well layed hedge is that it makes a stock-proof barrier that should last for many years, ...

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Hedge Laying competition at Glebe Farm, Weald. March 15th 2014

  • BCA - 2017.594
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  • March 15th 2014

A hedge laying competition was hosted by Glebe Farm, Weald courtesy of Mr Simon Collins on March 15th 2014. The pictures show the work in progress, finished, the tools used and some of the people who took part including our own Ray Borrett and Ma...

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John Honour Willmer Nov 11th 1920 to Aug 11th 2014

  • BCA - 2018.1343
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  • 1920-2014

Richard Willmer arrived at Friars Court as a tenant farmer in 1917. He was a successful hay and straw merchant who, at one time, was one of the main hay suppliers to both Great Western Railways and the collieries in Wales. Richard married Mary Hon...

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Choir outing to Kingston Farm for the children February 19th 2014

  • BCA - 2017.964
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  • February 19th 2014

The organist and choirmaster of St Mary's, David New, organised an outing to Kingston Farm, near Kingston Bagpuize where he helps with the milking at weekends, for the junior members of the choir. It has a very big dairy herd milked on a rot...

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Ploughing Match at Shifford Manor Farm, Old Shifford September 27th 2014

  • BCA - 2017.1011
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  • September 27th 2014

The Faringdon, Fairford, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Society hold an annual ploughing match, nearly always on the last Saturday in September and traditionally within a 16 mile radius of Lechlade. There are matches between huge, modern tractors,...

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Rose Gerring, born December 12th 1923, died September 2013

  • BCA - 2017.448
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  • Dec 12th 1923 to July 16th 2013

Bampton was very much enriched by the life of Rose Gerring because she took such an active part in so many areas and you can read about them in the eulogy. The two photographs - one was taken just post WWII at her home Sandford House and the othe...

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Ploughing Match at Barrington Park September 28th 2013

  • BCA - 2017.1010
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  • September 28th 2013

The Faringdon, Fairford, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Society hold an annual ploughing match, nearly always on the last Saturday in September and traditionally within a 16 mile radius of Lechlade. There are matches between huge, modern tractors,...

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Frank Hudson & his father Bill and Castle View Farm.

  • BCA - 2018.1536
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  • c1944 2013

Frank Hudson was brought up by his grand parents Albert and Elizabeth Mary Townsend at Castle View Farm in Bridge street after his mother died when Frank was only 7 weeks old. Frank says he had a very happy childhood surrounded by a loving family...

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Ploughing match September 2012 at Manor Farm, Hatford

  • BCA - 2017.1012
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  • September 2012

The Faringdon, Fairford, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Society hold an annual ploughing match, nearly always on the last Saturday in September and traditionally within a 16 mile radius of Lechlade. There are matches between huge, modern tractors,...

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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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Hedgelaying competition at Glebe Farm January 29th 2012

  • BCA - 2017.979
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  • January 29th 2012

A hedgelaying competition was held on Glebe Farm, Weald courtesy of Simon Collins on January 29th 2012. Hedgelaying is time consuming but the great value in a well layed hedge is that it makes a stock-proof barrier that should last for many years...

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Sale of the Burrington Herd at Glebe Farm April 14th 2011

  • BCA - 2017.910
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  • April 14th 2011

It was a sad day on April 14th 2011 when Mr Simon Collins' Burrington Herd was sold; it was the last dairy herd in Bampton and probably the first time in two thousand years when not one single cow would be milked in Bampton and Weald.

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Inside Weald Farm cottages August 2011 before they were restored

  • BCA - 2017.1002
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  • August 2011

Weald Farm cottages have at times been two cottages and at others, one dwelling. After the death of all members from both families that lived there when they were two cottages, they fell into disrepair over several years. These photographs were ...

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Morgan Brothers in financial difficulties 2011

  • BCA - 2019.2150
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  • March 2011

This newspaper cutting talks about the financial problems of the Morgan Brothers. They own and rent much land in Sharney which is close to the Thames SE of Weald, so there is local concern about the farming of their fields.

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Don Rouse recalls his lifetime in farming September 2011

  • BCA - 2017.515
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  • September 2011

"My earliest recollection of Farming goes right back to the early 1940s when my Father used to take me, aged 4, out all day on the Tractor to give my Mum a break. Was I that much of a nuisance even then? There were a lot of Horses working o...

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Dogs responsible for killing Anthony's ewe and lambs May 29th 2011

  • BCA - 2017.968
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  • May 29th 2011

Throughout the spring of 2011 dogs kept getting amongst the sheep in Weald Street and causing havoc. On May 29th they killed a ewe and three lambs. These photographs are of the dogs, blood clearly seen on the front of the Jack Russell and they s...

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Ham Court farm buildings and items set out for sale September 2010

  • BCA - 2017.948
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  • September 2010

Ham Court farmhouse, farm buildings and 22 acres were sold by Jesus College Oxford in September 2010. These photographs show the farm buildings and all the items set out for sale. For more on the sale including inside and outside the house and t...

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Inside the attic of Ham Court farmhouse 2010

  • BCA - 2017.1240
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  • September 2010

In September 2010 Michael Barlow Vaughan invited me to document the inside of Ham Court Farmhouse before it went to auction 6 days later. Although the plaster was falling off the laths in places there was no sign of damp getting in. The spiral, ...

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Inside Ham Court farmhouse 6 days before the sale in September 2010

  • BCA - 2017.946
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  • September 2010

Ham Court farmhouse, out-buildings and 22 acres of land were sold by Jesus College, Oxford in 2010. These photographs were taken 6 days before the sale. They start in the attic which was bone dry although the plaster was falling off the laths. ...

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Ham Court farmhouse, kitchen and west sitting room

  • BCA - 2017.1245
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  • September 2010

These pictures show the kitchen and west facing sitting room. Please remember that Michael was packing up. Read the caption to each photograph for more details.

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Ham Court farm buildings not connected to the big barn

  • 2017.1246
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  • September 2010

These farm buildings are not immediately adjacent to the big barn. Items are seen set out ready for auction in 5 days' time inside the big barn. A view of the big barn seen from part way up the drive from the road.

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Faringdon, Fairford, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Match 2010

  • BCA - 2017.945
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  • September 25th 2010

The Faringdon, Fairford, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Match Society holds its annual ploughing match (nearly always) on the last Saturday in September. These photographs were taken September 25th 2010 at Manor Farm, Meysey Hampton near Cirencester.

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The outside of Ham Court farmhouse 6 days before the sale in September 2010

  • BCA - 2017.947
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  • September 2010

These are views around the outside of Ham Court farmhouse taken in September 2010 six days before it was to be sold by Jesus College, Oxford. To see photographs of the inside see entry 2017.946. For the sales brochure see entry 2017.528.

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First floor, solarium, attic over kitchen & office of Ham Court

  • BCA - 2017.1242
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  • September 2010

This series of photographs starts in the passageway between a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor looking into the solarium. The interwoven ceiling heights can be seen, the solarium and view from the window and walking on into the first floor...

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Ham Court farmhouse, hall and office

  • BCA - 2017.1244
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  • September 2010

This series of pictures taken inside Ham Court farmhouse are of the hall and the office which is to the north off the hallway up about 3 steps. There is also one more picture taken in the dining room.

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Ham Court farm; part of East aspect, old bake house and neighbouring stable

  • BCA - 2017.1247
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  • September 2010

These photographs start by looking at the area on the east side where the Victorian addition on the left joins the original building. There are pictures taken inside what used to be the bake house which was at the end of the long barn next to the...

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Ham Court farm: behind the big barn and associated buildings

  • BCA - 2017.1249
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  • September 2010

These pictures are taken behind the big barn, inside and outside all the farm buildings close to it. Read the caption with each picture to get more information. Everything was being set up for a sale of Ham Court with all but 22 acres in 5 days&...

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Ham Court farmhouse, outside, Michael Barlow Vaughan with sister Susan

  • BCA - 2017.1251
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  • September 2010

These pictures are nearly all of the outside of the farmhouse. You can see quite clearly where the once open carriage entrance has been filled in and the kitchen, dining room, sitting room and hallway have been created. There is a clear slot tha...

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Sales brochure for Ham Court 2010

  • BCA - 2017.528
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  • 2010

Ham Court along with the barns and outbuildings plus 22 acres was put up for sale by Jesus College Oxford in 2010 and was bought by Emma Bridgewater. This is the sales brochure and I'm sorry to say the scanned versions given to me clearly ha...

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The Ploughing Match held at Marconi Farm, East Leach in September 2009

  • BCA - 2017.925
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  • 2009

The Faringdon, Fairford, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Society holds a ploughing match each year, usually on the last Saturday of the month. There is ploughing by vintage tractors, huge modern ones, horses and small walk-behind machines. There a...

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Milk churn stand outside Weald Farm, Weald Street

  • BCA - 2017.1099
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  • 2008

A milk churn stand outside Weald Farm in Weald Street, a left-over from the days when milk was collected in churns and not a bulk tanker.

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Millennium Wood July 16th 2006

  • BCA - 2017.628
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  • July 16th 2006

A walk in the late evening sunshine in Millennium wood July 16th 2006

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Walk to Rushey Lock & Old Man's Bridge October 21st 2003

  • BCA - 2017.603
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  • October 21st 2003

A beautiful sunny day on October 21st 2003 was perfect for a walk to Rushey Lock and Old Man's Bridge, recording the hedgerows and general autumn colours.

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Creation of the dry, flood catchment lake in Weald Street January - March 2011

  • BCA - 2017.951
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  • January - March 2001

In January 2011 men arrived to create a 'dry' lake in Weald to catch flood water that would otherwise rush down Weald and into the mill run on Mill Green and flood the houses all around the green there. The idea is that water collects i...

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The Beam: April 1990 vol. 5 No1

  • BCA - 2019.1884
  • Series
  • April 1990

THE BEAM APRIL 1990. VOLUME 5 NO1. THE TOPICS COVERED :-Morris dancing on Spring Bank Holiday MondayPrefabs built after WWII originally called Portel HousesParish council history and coming elections. The first meeting of Bampton’s Parish ...

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Re-thatching 'Thatched Cottage' in Church Street in 1963 and again in 1985

  • BCA - 2019.1786
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  • 1963-1985

The dwelling called 'Thatched Cottage' in Church Street was re-thatched in 1963 and again in 1985, the second time by master thatcher Mark Constable.This dwelling is one of the oldest in Bampton and you can read all about it on this webs...

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Document detailing the sale of Calais Farm in 1984 (9 pages to view)

  • BCA - 2014.1368..25
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  • 1984

A PDF document of 9 pages detailing the sale of Calais Farm in 1984 by Moore, Allen and Innocent for Mr Bryan Stevens. About 185 acres freehold with vacant possession for sale by private treaty as a whole or in six lots

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1983 FFF&B Ploughing Match held at Weald Farm

  • BCA - 2019.1756
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  • 1983

FFF&B (Fairford, Faringdon, Filkins & Burford) Ploughing match in 1983 held at Weald Farm. As well as all types of ploughs and tractors there is always a horse ploughing competition.

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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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Hedge Laying competition in 1979

  • BCA - 2019.1740
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  • 1979

A competitor at a hedge laying competition, part of the FFF&B Plough Match in 1979 held at Manor Farm, Broughton Poggs.A well layed hedge is stock-proof, provides a wind break for livestock and will last far longer than any post and rail fence...

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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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Tree planting on March 24th 1973 to mark Tree Planting Year

  • BCA - 2017.754
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  • March 24th 1973

Volunteers planted 80 trees allocated to Bampton through the County Council for “Tree Planting year” in the grass by the layby near Cowleaze Corner. The grassy area had been created when the steep bend in the road was removed c1971. Mr Doug Read...

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Castle View Farm c1971

  • BCA - 2017.1239
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  • c1971

These photographs are of Castle View farmhouse taken from various angle about 1971. One of the farm buildings was once a railway carriage. The entrance to the yard is closer to the house than it is today. The water courses around Mill Green had...

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Plantation Cottages on the western edge of Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.1252
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  • 1965

Plantation Cottages were two semi-detached dwellings. If you go from the middle of Bampton towards Clanfield, there is a public footpath just after the last buildings on the right by the 30mph sign. Following that footpath takes you along the si...

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1 "The Farming Year 1965" by Frances Henly

  • BCA - 2017.443
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  • 1965

1st of 9 website entries from the WI album called "Bampton Today 1965". This is the first selection of pages from it. They are an account by Frances Henly (wife of John, the farmer of Deanery farm in Broad Street,) of the farming year...

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

  • BCA - 2019.2164
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  • 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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Harry Pocock

  • BCA - 2018.1534
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  • 1950-1963

Harry Pocock was the person who owned a thrashing machine and nearly all the local farmers used his services to thrash their corn through the late autumn and winter. He was a very active parish councilor and can be seen in one picture standing wi...

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Memories of the members of the Darby and Joan Club compiled in 1962

  • BCA - 2018.1319
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  • 1962

The Darby and Joan Club was for those who were 60 and over. In 1962 they made a scrapbook of members' memories. Topics covered include:- Morris dancing; Whitsuntide Garlands; the Mummers; Bampton Fair; Bampton Fire Brigade; Church, Chapel a...

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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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Invoices to Rose & Arthur Gerring & one possibly to a parent dated 1923

  • BCA - 2017.453
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  • 1923-1960

These are four invoices but as one is dated August 24th 1923, the year Rose Gerring was born, it may be for items bought by either her parents or her husband Arthur's. It is interesting to note that invoices when paid were signed over a post...

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Sale of University Farm, Lew June 25th 1959

  • BCA - 2019.1825
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  • June 25th 1959

University Farm was sold freehold by Nuffield College, Oxford on Thursday June 25th 1959 and was bought by Reginald John Rouse of Backhouse Farm for £19,450. The brochure gives all the details of the farm and there is a map showing the fields and...

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