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The New Inn is renamed The Morris Clown

  • BCA - 2021.2611
  • Item
  • 1973

In 1973 the New Inn on Bampton's High Street was re-named The Morris Clown.
It was a very contentious issue because the jester in the Bampton Morris has never been called a Clown, always a Fool. That piece of history cut no mustard with the Brewery, Courage (Central) which is a pity. Now 48 years on, this perceived poorly renaming is hardly ever mentioned but there are still those who feel the name should be corrected.

Nik Stanbridge

Morris Men outside the Elephant & Castle c1924

  • BCA - 2020.2338
  • Item
  • 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 looks like 'For Hire All Trains Met On The Shortest Notice.

On 23rd September 1935 the Townsend family moved across the road to Castle View and made a farm of it having much more room to fatten more pigs.

Bampton Community Archive

The Romany customers

  • BCA - 2022.3926
  • Item
  • 2000?

Roy Shergold and others in the Romany
photo by Bill Govier

Janet Westman

Maps by Janet Westman of Brize Norton, Cassington, Eynsham, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Witney

  • BCA - 2020.2405
  • Item
  • 1985 1987 1992 1993 1994

Huge thanks to Janet Westman for allowing us to put her maps on this website for all to see for free when they are still available for sale, either as black and white or hand coloured by Janet. The Witney map you can see her in black and white and coloured.

The maps are of
Brize Norton

Bampton Community Archive

Chef Kevin Jones at The Trout, Tadpole Bridge

  • BCA - 2021.2589
  • Item
  • 2014

Kevin Jones trained at the Savoy in London but is now (December 2014) the chef at The Trout at Tadpole Bridge on the Buckland Road.

Nik Stanbridge

Mr & Mrs Harry Sollis from The Swan Inn, Buckland Road

  • BCA - 2019.1894
  • Item
  • c1951-1964

Mr & Mrs Harry Sollis owned and ran the Swan Inn in Buckland road for many years. In the last few years, Mrs Sollis ran it as a widow. Emmie Papworth, nee Bishop was a relative and adored Mrs Sollis; Emmie is seen with her in two of these pictures and her son Tom is with them in one of them. Mrs Sollis eventually sold The Swan by auction October 1st 1964; it was bought by Tim Tomlins.

Bampton Community Archive

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