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These pictures show flooding in Bampton and Weald from 1932 to 2010. Weald Street, Cheyne Lane, Bridge Street, Buckland Road, Aston Road, the site now Cala Homes! and more.
The rain and floods of Whitsun 1932 did not stop the Morris men from dancing through the village. Here they are being carried through the floods outside the Elephant and Castle. Some of the men have been named on the picture. They include, doing the carrying, Mr Pratt, Percy Lane, Mr Green, Punner Smith, Mr Townsend (of Castle View farm the across the road from the Elephant and Castle). Being carried Bob Whitlock, Bill Brown and Jingy (William Nathan) Wells with his fiddle. 'Squire' is a recent (revival morris) term for team leader, not used during Wells' heyday at Bampton.
Dancers (named) being carried past Elephant and Castle in the floods of 1932. The men are named on the photograph. Dancers Bertie Clark on fiddle, Sam Townsend, Bertie Flux, Ted Lay, Mr Buckingham, Buller Tanner, Jim Buckingham and Branner Brooks bagman. Dong the carrying are Punner Smith, Frank Woodley, Bert Whitlock, ??, Bill Locke, Albert Townsend (licensee of the Elephant & Castle and later owner of Castle View Farm opposite), Frank Woodley jnr, Mr Pratt and Percy Lane.
Newspaper article, Witney Gazette, Dec 4th 2013.
Red tape to be cut to help farmers fight floods. Red tape which stands between landowners and the rapid completion of waterway maintenance work to tackle flooding on their land will be cut under an Environment Agency pilot scheme in West Oxfordshire.
Tributaries of the River Thames around Bampton, Kelmscott and Grafton are covered by the project. At the moment, riparian owners - who are responsible for watercourses on their land - have to fill in forms and wait for consent from the agency if they want to make repairs. But the pilot project, one of a number across England, will see the agency completing paperwork on behalf of landowners, to speed up the process, a move which has been welcomed by farmers.