Item BCA - 2018.1382 - The Eagle pub in Church View

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BCA - 2018.1382


The Eagle pub in Church View


  • 1913-2004 (Creation)

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The Eagle pub started life with the name of The Masons Arms having been built by a mason. Not on one of the main roads in Bampton it was very much a local's pub and the head quarters of Francis Shergold Traditional Bampton Morris Men until it became a private dwelling. It was a Morrells pub. In one of the old photos you can see the opposite side of the road had an open ditch with large slabs crossing it to provide access to the houses. At one time Mrs Lucy Martin was the licensee and she kept the upstairs as a Roman Catholic church. When children in the National School next door had their C of E service the Roman Catholic children were welcomed to a service upstairs. Downstairs, there was a little window and the children went there with their pennies because Mrs Martin ran a little tuck shop there quite often with her cat curled up asleep on top of the sweets. In one picture Reg Absolom the landlord can be seen playing his accordion; Reg's daughter is Mrs Sylvia Papworth who married Tom. Albert Tanner can be seen playing the piano. In 1973 a fun moustache growing competition took place in the Eagle when Chris Lewis was the landlord; it was won by Bill Daniels with Chris Lewis second and Mick Black third.

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