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Felling the dead elm trees behind Glebelands mid 1970s

  • BCA - 2018.1385
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  • mid 1970s

With the dreadful spread of dutch elm disease in the late 1960s and on into the 1970s most trees died and had to be cut down before they blew down. The change in our landscape was very noticeable losing these magnificent trees. These two picture...

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Thrashing with an old Ransome thrashing machine

  • BCA - 2018.1401
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  • c2000

Colin Rouse told me:-"The chap helping me carry the sack is Pete Webb, Brian Webb’s brother. They owned a thrashing machine between them but they never got round to finishing the rick. This was such a shame because it was a bumper crop of t...

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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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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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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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Sale of University Farm, Lew June 25th 1959

  • BCA - 2019.1825
  • Item
  • 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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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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Ham Court farm buildings and items set out for sale September 2010

  • BCA - 2017.948
  • Item
  • 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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Hedgelaying competition at Glebe Farm March 15th 2014

  • BCA - 2017.980
  • Item
  • 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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Inside Weald Farm cottages August 2011 before they were restored

  • BCA - 2017.1002
  • Item
  • 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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Harry Pocock and his tractor, early 1930s

  • BCA - 2017.1054
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  • early 1930s

This photograph of Harry Pocock with his tractor was taken in the early 1930s. Harry had a thrashing machine and went from farm to farm to thrash the corn before farmers had their own combine or could hire a combine and driver.

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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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Members of Frank Hudson's family

  • BCA - 2017.1129
  • Item
  • twentieth century

These photographs are all from the first half of the twentieth century. Frank William Hudson's father was William Cooper Hudson, his grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Townsend nee Portlock and his grandfather was Alec. Frank's Aunty Dora ...

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Skills crisis in the broiler chicken industry

  • BCA - 2017.1200
  • Item
  • 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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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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Ledger of Mr John Alfred Russell Joyce beginning July 16th 1907

  • BCA - 2017.1282
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  • July 16th 1907

This is the Ledger kept by Mr J A Joyce and the earliest entry is for July 16th 1907. He meticulously heads each page with the name of the person for whom he did work, the date and all the work done. It is a wonderful description of the work don...

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Fire appliance at Hobbs Buildings hayrick fires, 1918 and 1919

  • BCA - 2018.1324
  • Item
  • 1918-1919

Hayrick fires were sadly, a far too common occurrence 100 years ago. Many of the men smoked and steam engines used to drive some machinery spat out sparks which is not a good combination with lovely dry hay and straw. These pictures were taken ...

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

  • BCA - 2017.448
  • Item
  • 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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Trees and their bark - photographs by Hilda Kent

  • BCA - 2017.509
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  • c2000

Hilda Kent was always in love with the countryside and saw beauty in areas many people fail to notice. She has captured interesting bark on these trees

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

  • BCA - 2017.594
  • Item
  • 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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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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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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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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Highmoor Brook under the Bridges, Bridge Street

  • BCA - 2019.2313
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  • first half twentieth century

This is the bridge over the Highmoor Brook in Bridge Street. It tends to be called Shillbrook these days but old maps have it as Highmoor and a converted barn by the brook is called Highmoor House.Note the sloping walkway seen on the right. It g...

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Emmie Hunt having a laugh with a pram used for the shirt race

  • BCA - 2019.2315
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  • later 1950s

Mrs Emmie Hunt having a laugh, sitting in a pram used in a Shirt Race. She is the mother of 'Rocky' ie Ernie Hunt and she's outside one of the barns at Castle View Farm in Bridge Street.She was affectionately known as 'Aunt Em...

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Morris Men outside the Elephant & Castle c1924

  • BCA - 2020.2338
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  • 1924 or 1925

Bampton Morris dancers c1924/5 outside the Elephant & Castle.The sign over the pub door says Posting House, Horses, Carriages, Brakes. Personal attention given, Albert Townsend. The 3rd and 4th lines are hard to read which is a pity but it lo...

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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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Castle View farmhouse

  • BCA - 2017.243
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  • c1880

This black and white photograph of Castle View farmhouse was taken about 1880. The lady standing in the garden may be Mary Plaster. The main gateway entrance has been bricked up now and moved farther to the right. The step to the little side ga...

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General View of Agriculture in Oxon carried out in 1807

  • BCA - 2018.1432
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  • 1807

A general view of agriculture in Oxfordshire carried out in 1807 and published in 1813. Secretary of the board. Arthur Young. Rates, thrashing mills and tillage. Drilling, wheat, beans and tares. Cattle and Labour.Bampton and its hamlets of Ha...

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Lascelles Gazetteer Bampton and Aston 1853

  • BCA - 2018.1444
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  • 1853

Lascelles Gazetteer of Oxon, Bampton. Alphabetical list of trades and professions. Classification of trades and professions. Millers, dairymen and farmers, fellmongers, fishmonger, glove manufacturers, grocers and tea dealers, hair dressers, ha...

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Central Garage in the Market Square

  • BCA - 2019.1690
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  • mid twentieth century

Don Rouse recalls - "Central Garage was owned by a Mr Fayre at the time Dickie Alan’s was front of shop manager selling bikes oil, petrol etc. Bill Hudson, Frank’s dad was quite high up in the Tractor division. There were so many different ...

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Jack, Shadrack Buckingham in 1950 sitting on a binder.

  • BCA - 2019.1721
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  • 1950

Jack, Shadrack Buckingham in 1950 sitting on a binder. Jack lived in Spring Cottages along Primrose Lane and worked for Jack Oliver at Backhouse Farm. He has grandchildren Helen Cadd, June Brewer and Richard Buckingham.Don Rouse said"My ear...

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Sale brochure for The Grange, High St. Wednesday April 16th 1930

  • BCA - 2019.1827
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  • Wednesday April 16th 1930

Sales brochure for The Grange, High Street by Messrs E.J. Brooks & Son on Wednesday April 16th 1930 by order of the executors. Looking at the pencil notes written in the brochure, the sale was withdrawn probably because it failed to reach the ...

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History of Maps and maps of Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.371
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  • 1477 - 1877

In October 2012 the Bampton Environmental Watch Group had a wonderful talk given by John Leighfield on the history of maps and in particular maps of Oxfordshire and Bampton. It was very interesting to note that the first maps of Bampton showed th...

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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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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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An aerial view of Ham Court farm before it was sold in 2010

  • BCA - 2017.648
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  • pre 2010

This aerial photograph is of Ham Court before it was sold in 2010. It shows the farm buildings as well as the house. When Google do another aerial shot which shows all the alterations made by Emma Bridgewater since she bought it in 2010 I'l...

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Domesday and Bampton - notes by Lloyd Hughes Owens

  • BCA - 2017.688
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  • 1974

Lloyd Hughes Owens sourced these facts and the cover Bampton, Bampton Deanery, Eynsham, Welde (Weald today), Shifford, Brighthampton andLew,

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Field name of Lower Haddon farm in 1937 and again in March 1949 for sale

  • BCA - 2017.699
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  • 1937-1949

These are two maps of Lower Haddon Farm which is just north of Bampton and on the south of Brize Norton runway. The 1937 map is hand drawn with field names written in. The second map was produced when the farm was up for sale in March 1949 by th...

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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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The use of Thomas Jenner's fields in Weald 1731

  • BCA - 2017.757
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  • 1731

These legal documents from 1731 name the fields that Thomas Jenner farms in Weald. There are two documents and the envelope there were in

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kit Jackson's photograph collection

  • BCA - 2017.1126
  • Item
  • twentieth century

These photographs were part of the collection belonging to Kit Jackson; they are of her family, Morris Men, work colleagues, buildings, billeted soldiers in Bampton, pigeon fancier, friends, school classes and the mystery tours she used to arrange...

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Frank Hudson's family photographs

  • BCA - 2017.1193
  • Item
  • C20th

Frank Hudson was raised by his grandparents, Albert and Mary Elizabeth Townsend who lived at Castle View Farm opposite the Elephant and Castle in Bridge Street. Frank's mother died when he was just 7 weeks old. The pictures show his grandpa...

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Ham Court, the Victorian addition of the 1870s

  • BCA - 2017.1243
  • Item
  • 1870-1880

This series of photographs inside Ham Court farmhouse show the Victorian addition of the 1870s and the dining room which is on the east side of farmhouse. Note the hugely thick walls that take the weight of arched area that was originally open. ...

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Plantation Cottages on the western edge of Bampton

  • BCA - 2017.1252
  • Item
  • 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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Map of Bampton at the time of the Inclosure Act 1821

  • BCA - 2019.1889
  • Item
  • 1821

One of these maps shows the names of the fields and the waterways, important for growing and stocking fish are very clear, the second one is a photograph from a page in the Inclosure document held at St Lukes in Oxford and this shows the propertie...

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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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Sales brochure for the Lew House Estate 2019

  • BCA - 2019.2154
  • Item
  • 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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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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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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Funeral of George Collins June 29th 2018

  • BCA - 2019.2176
  • Item
  • 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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John Honour Willmer Nov 11th 1920 to Aug 11th 2014

  • BCA - 2018.1343
  • Item
  • 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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A Bampton CE School Project called Bampton Through Time

  • BCA - 2018.1377
  • Item
  • early 2000s

The children achieved a wonderful result with their research and the topics covered include:- a typical village; a changing settlement; an iron age settlement; archaeological evidence; the legend of St Frideswide; Domesday book; the manor house; B...

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Blacksmiths at Cromwell House, Cheapside late nineteenth and early twentieth century

  • BCA - 2018.1430
  • Item
  • late nineteenth & early twentieth century

1. Seen with a horse and their families, the blacksmiths Townsend and Wheeler are outside their home, Cromwell House in Cheapside. The door to the right of the bay window has since been removed and the wall filled in.2. The blacksmith Mr Cripps...

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Daniels family outside their saddlery shop in Queen Street

  • BCA - 2018.1608
  • Item
  • c1904

The Daniels family had a saddlery shop in Queen Street just after 1900. The little boy on the right is probably the grandfather of Janet Westman nee Bradley, who had drawn many local maps full of information.

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A few of the properties for sale in 2018

  • BCA - 2019.1695
  • Item
  • 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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1983 FFF&B Ploughing Match held at Weald Farm

  • BCA - 2019.1756
  • Item
  • 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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Sale catalogue Lower Haddon farm sale March 11th 1949

  • BCA - 2019.1830
  • Item
  • March 11th 1949

A sales brochure for Lower Haddon farm Friday March 11th 1949. It includes the main farmhouse, three cottages and about 380 acres with approximately 48 acres sold subject Air Ministry Requisitioning. This farm is on the south side of what was th...

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Sale brochure for The Lew Estate September 23rd 1914

  • BCA - 2019.1834
  • Item
  • September 23rd 1914

This is the sale brochure for The Lew Estate for sale on Wednesday September 23rd 1914. Listed as a compact Freehold Residential and Sporting Property of 614 acres 0 rods and 8 poles.Knight, Frank & Rutley were the auctioneers to be held at t...

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Strawberry Cottage being re-thatched

  • BCA - 2017.508
  • Item
  • c1970s

These four black and white photographs of Strawberry Cottage in the High Street were taken by Hilda Kent

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Don Rouse recalls his lifetime in farming September 2011

  • BCA - 2017.515
  • Item
  • 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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Lidar map of the Bampton area

  • BCA - 2017.578
  • Item
  • 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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Millennium Wood July 16th 2006

  • BCA - 2017.628
  • Item
  • July 16th 2006

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

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Two aerial photographs of Bampton taken about 1953

  • BCA - 2017.707
  • Item
  • 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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