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Sundown Cottage sold for £2,100

  • BCA - 2021.2574
  • Item
  • c1960

This envelope and cutting were lent to the Archive by Freda Bradley. Sundown Cottage was in the grounds of Prospect, the house immediately in front of you as you walk down the lane past the south side of the Grammar School. Mr & Mrs Rose bought it and they bought Prospect. The little cottage was later removed.
We don't know why Freda brought the envelope with the cutting; sadly whoever she lent it to didn't record that

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Upstairs of the Grammar School to be brought back into use

  • BCA - 2021.2531
  • Item
  • November 2020

The staircase to the top floor of the Grammar School was removed in the 1960s when people stood a greater chance of getting to the ground floor by falling through the rotten floor than coming back down the stairs. The Bampton Community Archive members have worked incredibly hard to raise funds on the back of the tourism boost from visitors flocking to Bampton to see the this building which was used as the Cottage Hospital in ITV's Downton Abbey. The grant from WODC means the work to bring the whole building into good heart can begin.

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Long Paddock in Weald St for sale

  • BCA - 2021.2530
  • Item
  • 2020

A house and field called Long Paddock in Weald Street for sale, offers in excess of £750,000 wanted

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Bell Cottage briefly visible from the Market Square

  • BCA - 2020.2449
  • Item
  • 1998

This picture is of Bell Cottage which was visible briefly across the Market Square after Market Square Garage was completely removed and before Thornberry Flats were built on the site. The people living in the cottage at the time couldn't wait for the flats to go up to regain their privacy.
The little lane, known by long-time locals as 'Back of The Bell' got its name from the Bell Inn which used to be where the Village Hall stands today. The Inn was bought by three ladies in 1923 for conversion into the WI Hall. In the 1980s the WI could no longer afford the upkeep of the building and it became the Village Hall ... next to the Town Hall.

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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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Richborough Estates, the developer behind a 160-home estate in the village has agreed to fund an extension at Bampton Primary School.

  • BCA - 2020.2355
  • Item
  • Richborough Estates, the developer behind a 160-home estate in the village has agreed to fund an extension at Bampton Primary School.

Witney Gazette September 20th 2014.
The developer behind a 160-home estate in the village has agreed to fund an extension at Bampton Primary School. Richborough Estates, which was granted planning permission by West Oxfordshire District Council in March, will also invest in

bus stops,
the village library and
public art projects

as part of its developer contributions for the scheme. More than 330 residents signed a petition opposing the development, which will include a combination of one to five-bedroom houses, saying it was over-development and could lead to further flooding.

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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
Cassington
Eynsham
Gloucestershire
Oxfordshire
Witney

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Sundown Cottage, Sanford Lane

  • BCA - 2021.2563
  • Item
  • early twentieth century

Freda Bradley lent this to the Archive to copy and we believe she is talking about her Grampy owning Sundown Cottage at one time.
In the 1960s it was purchased by Bernard Rose along with Sandfords where he and wife Molly lived and he demolished the old cottage.

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Fleur de Lys hair salon 1970s

  • BCA - 2021.2551
  • Item
  • 1970s

In the 1970s Fleur de Lys was a hair salon owned by Margaret Roberts. It is in Bushey Row. There were several owners after Margaret and it was later a video rental shop, a shop selling twee things for gardeners and a Physiotherapy Centre. Now it sells pottery (2021)

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