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Bird's nest inside a letterbox

  • BCA - 2020.2450
  • Item
  • circa 1960

A bird was found to have made its nest inside the letterbox at Bampton and Brize Norton Railway station by Mrs Emmie Papworth who along with Mr F G Cannons was a post lady in Bampton about 1960. It was thought to be a member of the tit family and...

Bampton Community Archive

Bird's nest inside a letterbox

  • Item
  • circa 1960

A bird was found to have made her nest in a letterbox that was at Bampton and Brize Norton railway station. It is thought it was a member of the tit family. Postwoman Mrs Emmie Papworth and postman Mr F G Cannons were very careful when collectin...

Bampton Community Archive

Mrs Roger from Brook House, Bridge Street

  • BCA - 2020.2374
  • Item
  • c1960

Mrs Rogers lived in Brook House on Bridge Street where she sold sweets and newspapers. Bampton is 18 miles from Oxford and 18 from Swindon and somehow, Mrs Brooks managed to get a sugar allowance during WWII from both Swindon and Oxford which ena...

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Paul Bovington with his lovely dog Crackers

  • BCA - 2019.1725
  • Item
  • 1970s

Paul Bovington with his beautiful dog Crackers. Nephew Richard Bovington said"The poor old dog never recovered from having his paw run over by a Land Rover."Paul was a lovely man, always doing things for others. His wife was Pauline , ...

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Delivery of pop

  • BCA - 2020.2322
  • Item
  • 1950s

A flatbed delivery lorry can be seen parked outside the carriage entrance to The Talbot. There are crates of pop on which in the 1950s would have been Tizer, Dandelion and Burdock and Lemonade.Two of the 4 petrol pumps that used to be outside the...

Bampton Community Archive

Suzy Lamb's pram in Church View

  • BCA - 2019.2193
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

This view along Church View looking north towards St Mary's shows two interesting features.1. The pram belonged to Suzy Lamb who used it to carry the bits and pieces she sold around Bampton.2. There is no pavement on the right-hand side which...

Bampton Community Archive

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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Wedding day for Natasha Papworth

  • BCA - 2019.2056
  • Item
  • 2000

Wedding Day for Natasha Papworth, seen here with her parents Tom and Sylvia Papworth. They are standing in the doorway of their home, Emmies, the papershop which sadly closed for the last time in 2012. Tom tried hard to find a buyer to keep the ...

Bampton Community Archive

W Payne & Son, Great Western Railway Co Agents, Bampton and Lechlade.

  • BCA - 2019.1952
  • Item
  • 1911

W Payne & Son, Great Western Railway Co Agents, Bampton and Lechlade. Cab & Omnibus Proprietors, horses, brakes, carriages etc for hire. Cartage contractors and furniture removers. Chief office The Hill, Witney Oxon. Railway depots Bampton...

Bampton Community Archive

Hughes' Garage in Cheapside in 1966

  • BCA - 2019.1938
  • Item
  • 1966

The garage in the Market Square was in existence at the start of the C20th when Oliver Onesipherous Collett owned and ran it. Around the middle of the twentieth century it was bought by Len Hughes and it's interesting to note that he left th...

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Invoice for household items from Cook & Boggis August 24th 1923

  • BCA - 2019.1923
  • Item
  • August 24th 1923

An invoice from Cook and Boggis of Witney August 24th 1923 for achest of drawers,2 bedroom chairs,1 wash stand,1 bowl and 1 bucketfor the total sum of £4 7s 5d four pounds thirty seven pence and a half penny.This was lent to the Archive to copy by...

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Invoice to Alec Townsend for burial of his wife Elizabeth Ann May 24th 1963

  • BCA - 2019.1920
  • Item
  • May 24th 1963

This is an invoice to Mr Alex Townsend of Ash Tree farm in Weald Street from the undertakers M Long and Sons after dealing with the body of his wife Elizabeth Ann Townsend.May 24th 1963.Cemetery fee £3,Vicar's fee £1,use of church and caretak...

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Bo Jangles, Bampton Castle Cars & Marks Kitchen in 2003

  • BCA - 2019.1859
  • Item
  • 2003

This picture was taken in 2003. Down the side of Rosemary Lane, farthest away is Bo Jangles the hairdresser then coming towards the camera is the office for Bampton Castle Cars and the green sign board of Mark's Kitchen can just be seen.

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George Dafter, local postman

  • BCA - 2019.1835
  • Item
  • c1955

This is George Dafter who was one of our local postmen for nearly 30 years. He was loved by all who came into contact with him and he had a great sense of humour.Jamie Wheeler said "My Dad always told a funny story about George. Some people...

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Emmies 1963

  • BCA - 2019.1819
  • Item
  • 1963

This picture is of Emmies, the newsagents in Bridge Street, seen in 1963.How sad that bicycles could not be left outside like this today. They all appear to be ladies' bicycles.

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Mr Clack from Clanfield was a horse collar maker

  • BCA - 2019.1781
  • Item
  • mid twentieth century

Mr Clack from Clanfield was a horse collar maker and is seen here with one of his horse collars leaning against his legs.He lived just past the Methodist church on the High Street in Clanfield.

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High Street looking west from the south end of Bushey Row

  • BCA - 2019.1774
  • Item
  • nineteen twenties

This is the High Street looking west from the south end of Bushey Row. The cars would suggest this was taken later in the 1920s. The war memorial can be see so it is post September 1920.Townsend's Cycle shop can be seen with cycles outside ...

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Re-thatching of Strawberry Cottage, High Street

  • BCA - 2019.1762
  • Item
  • nineteen eighties

This picture, taken by Hilda Kent shows Strawberry Cottage in the High Street being re-thatched. The date is not known but was re-thatched early in the 1960s and again about 2007 so perhaps this was done about 1984.Andy Bowman did the work.I wond...

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One of the bread ovens at Constables Bakery

  • BCA - 2019.1745
  • Item
  • nineteen eighties

This is one of the bread ovens that was in Constables Bakery which was on the SW corner of the Market Square. The front of the shop is now (at 2019) Mark's Kitchen, the back part is Bahar Designs, Bojangles Hairdresser and the Bampton Commun...

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The blacksmiths Townsend and Wheeler at Cromwell House in Cheapside

  • BCA - 2019.1731
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

The blacksmiths Townsend and Wheeler at Cromwell House in Cheapside. The house in this picture is called Cromwell House and the one immediately to the right of it, just out of the picture is called The Old Forge and it is partly on the main road ...

Bampton Community Archive

The original Duttons shop

  • BCA - 2019.1732
  • Item
  • late nineteenth century

The original Duttons shop had two windows with the door between them. This picture was probably taken between 1880 and 1900. People are standing outside The Talbot Inn. The arches of the Town Hall have yet to be bricked up but one has double do...

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Emmie Papworth, post lady

  • BCA - 2019.1718
  • Item
  • 1960s

Emmie Papworth was one of the post ladies in Bampton for many years while her brother George owned and ran the papershop opposite the Wheat Sheaf Inn in Bridge Street. In this picture she is outside a house in Bridge Street.Other posties in Bampt...

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George Dutton and Billy Mathews outside Duttons

  • BCA - 2019.1716
  • Item
  • c1905

The picture shows George Duttons outside his shop with the young 15 year old assistant Billy Mathews. The Midland Bank had a counter within the shop and George manage it very well, he was good with figures. When some years late the Midland Bank ...

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Central Garage in the Market Square

  • BCA - 2019.1690
  • Item
  • 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 ...

Bampton Community Archive

Dolly & Eric Stroud's Hardware Store in the High Street

  • BCA - 2018.1602
  • Item
  • 1960-1970

Eric Stroud was a builder. His daughter Stella was married to Les King and they had a shop right opposite this store. Les, Stella and Eric helped Dolly start up the hardware shop initially selling items that would have been used in the building ...

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Jumble sales in the 1970s and 1980s

  • BCA - 2018.1598
  • Item
  • 1970s

Throughout the 1970s and well into the 1980s there was a jumble sale in the WI Hall - now called the Village Hall - most Saturdays and they were always well attended by regulars. There was nearly always a cake stall and bric-a-brac stall as well ...

Bampton Community Archive

History of the Eeles to the Coop

  • BCA - 2018.1597
  • Item
  • 1969-2014

Tony Scott told the ArchiveI believe International Stores took over (from Eeles) in 1969 and altered and extended the premises, covered the cellars & converted the accommodation into a self contained flat.It was then became Gateway until it cl...

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Eeles, the grocery shop in the Market Square

  • BCA - 2018.1554
  • Item
  • first half C20th

Tony Scott said - "I believe International Stores took over in 1969 and altered and extended the premises, covered the cellars & converted the accommodation into a self-contained flat. It then became Gateway until it closed in April 1987...

Bampton Community Archive

Life & Times of The Tuckers at Witney Blankets

  • BCA - 2018.1549
  • Item
  • 2017

Although not a Bampton firm, Witney Blankets employed many people who lived in Bampton. This article is particularly about the 'tuckers' who were also known as 'fullers' or 'walkers' and their task was to remove the ...

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Poster for Eeles shop 1908

  • BCA - 2018.1521
  • Item
  • 0918

This full sized poster was created for Eeles grocery shop in the Market Square for 1908. The shop later became International with Mr Harry Cooper as the manager, then Spar, Londis, Budgens and now - at 2018 - it is a Co-op shop. Through the year...

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Bridge Street first half of C20th

  • BCA - 2017.1205
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

This picture postcard shows Bridge Street from opposite Sherbourne Villas looking east. The nearer pub is the Wheat Sheaf which became the Post Office in 1972. The thatched pub is the Elephant & Castle. The barn on the angle of the turn int...

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Town Hall, the Drapers shop & The Talbot seen from Cheapside

  • BCA - 2017.1190
  • Item
  • early C20th

This picture was taken from the middle of the road in Cheapside. On the left is the Town Hall with nearly all the archways filled in; the two on the right in the sunshine were unblocked so the space inside could be used as a bus stop shelter a li...

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Bampton Community Shop re-opens in new premises

  • BCA - 2017.1179
  • Item
  • January 26th 2017

The Community Shop was forced to close down at the end of 2015, but when new premises became available, almost next door to their previous shop, a wonderful group of people set to and got the new shop up and running and opened on January 26th 2017...

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£1m to be spent on Oxfordshire's locks in winter 2016/17

  • BCA - 2017.1104
  • Item
  • 2016-2017

The Environment Agency will spend £1.2m repairing the locks on the Thames, five in Oxfordshire plus one in Berkshire, one in Buckinghamshire and one in Surrey through the winter of 2016-2017. Both gates at Shifford Lock to be removed so the frame...

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Oliver Onesipherous Collett made the Bampton Voiturette in 1901-1902

  • BCA - 2017.1103
  • Item
  • 1901-1902

In September 2008 Graham Newman put together an interesting exhibition about Oliver Onesipherous Collett who was a shop keeper, watch maker and repairer but he also built a car in 2001-2 which he called the Bampton Voiturette. The car was seen as...

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Bampton Town Crier's bell

  • BCA - 2017.987
  • Item
  • first half twentieth century

Bampton had a Town Crier called Mr Cox who lived in a cottage belonging to The Elms in Broad Street. He wore some sort of uniform and paraded the village on a tricycle ringing his bell and making his announcements.

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The Cotton Club closing down March 2010

  • BCA - 2017.938
  • Item
  • March 2010

After at least two decades, the Cotton Club was forced to close down because the lease was up and the renewal contract offered was just not viable.

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I E Busby store, High Street

  • BCA - 2017.921
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

This postcard picture was taken early in the C20th. I E Busby's store is seen across Bushey Row - which was then called New Inn Lane - but it also includes the shop on the lift with the sun blind pulled down. Across the road can be seen Cla...

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The Wheat Sheaf and papershop next door, Bridge Street

  • BCA - 2017.851
  • Item
  • c1930

This is a photograph of the Wheat Sheaf which ceased to be a pub in 1972 when it became a post office. Early in the C20th an elderly lady used to cook fish to order in large open skillets like a giant wok and you went in via the door next to the ...

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The Poachers Rest in June 1980

  • BCA - 2017.850
  • Item
  • June 1980

The Poachers rest was a cafe first and then it became a restaurant. Like many shops and businesses on the main roads through Bampton and in the Market Square, it has become a private dwelling. Long before it was a cafe, it was Barclays Bank.

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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...

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Newspaper cutting showing Arthur Hill's antique shop July 8th 1960

  • BCA - 2017.734
  • Item
  • 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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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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Cheapside with 1890 on the back of the photo

  • BCA - 2017.710
  • Item
  • 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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Daniel Gibbard, blacksmith

  • BCA - 2017.646
  • Item
  • 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...

Bampton Community Archive

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...

Bampton Community Archive

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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Emmie Papworth delivering goods by horse and cart

  • BCA - 2017.409
  • Item
  • pre WWII

Before WWII Emmie Papworth used to go around Bampton with a horse and cart selling goods. In this photograph of her she is accompanied by her sister Rose. The horse was called Kit.

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