- 2015 (Creation)
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A view of part of Mercury Close. The quarters were sold in 1986 on a 99 year lease from the Crown Estate.
Lyn Dunsby said "The first people living here were army families. The signal camp in Weald was still functioning in those days. I had lots of friends who came to Bampton at this time and spent lots of time in Mercury Close. If my memory is correct I think Ampney Orchard came afterwards and in the beginning quite a lot of RAF families lived there."
Mercury, the Army Royal Signals cap badge adopted around 1884; several men form the Signal Camp in Weald lived here.
Quite a few American service men and women from Upper Heyford lived in these houses when they were no longer needed by 'our boys.'
Peter D Jobson said "I used to love it when the USAF had people living there, A.J , the card shark, Joe the big cigar smoking B52 pilot , Wendy and Rick, had great parties , Ron Knight BIG RON. The guy who could do " the Auctioneer's song, can't remember his name," ( Mostly when pissed ) lol. Whatever happened to them?
The play area there was locally referred to as the American Play Park.