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Woodstock

Woodstock

Woodstock, eight miles north west of Oxford is often visited for two reasons: Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and his grave in...

Bampton

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Bampton
Oxfordshire
OX18 2JL

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Bampton looking towards the town and church

The ancient market town of Bampton lies in the south of the area, not far from the River Thames. Until about 1850 it stood in the centre of a large area of common land, hence its name 'Bampton in the Bush'.

BAMPTON, meaning Beam-tun (the settlement by the tree or cross), was a major late Anglo-Saxon centre: the focus of a royal manor, and site of a 'minster' church. At the time of the Norman Conquest, Bampton was one of the three largest settlements in the county and in the Domesday Book of 1086 there is already mention of a market in Bampton. The town enjoyed amazing prosperity in the early Middle ages, and much of its wealth was based on wool though later on there was also textile and leather working.

Bampton may seem oddly familiar to some first time visitors – it was used for filming the outdoor scenes in the popular TV drama ‘Downton Abbey’: the old Grammar School Building which houses Bampton Community Archive, with its impressive collection of old photographs of Bampton and its people, served as the 'Downton' hospital and St Mary’s Church, whose spire provides one of the landmarks of the upper Thames Valley, also featured prominently.

More details can be found on our Downton Abbey film locations page.

Bampton is lively village with a good array of amenities including West Ox Arts Gallery, which is housed on the first floor of the town hall right in the centre of the village and has a rolling programme of exhibitions of various art forms. For generations Bampton has been famous for its Morris Dancing traditions celebrated each late May Bank Holiday in Bampton Day of Dance.

There is a downloadable leaflet - Bampton Footpaths (pdf 1.62Mb) - showing the footpaths around Bampton, including a circular walk.

What's Nearby

  1. The Old Grammar School Building in Bampton

    Bampton Community Archive


    Bampton Archive, originally Bampton Museum, is based in the Vesey Room of the Old Grammar School...

    0.13 miles away
  2. St Mary's Church, Bampton

    Bampton - St Mary's Church


    The parish of Bampton was the largest in Oxfordshire and incorporated some 11,238 acres as late...

    0.16 miles away
  3. Aston Pottery

    Aston Pottery - Ellis Baughan Design


    A traditional working pottery alongside a contemporary gift shop and country cafe.

    All the...

    1.42 miles away
  4. St Mary the Virgin in Black Bourton (photo courtesy of www.oxfordshirechurches.info)

    Black Bourton - St Mary the Virgin Church


    Considered a significant medieval church, St Mary the Virgin's earliest features are Norman...

    1.88 miles away
  1. St Stephen's Clanfield

    Clanfield - St Stephen's Church

    A small 13th century church, standing behind its churchyard on the north-west edge of the village,...

    2.07 miles away
  2. St Peter's Church, Alvescot

    Alvescot - St Peter's Church


    The architecture is in the Early English and Perpendicular styles consisting of nave, 14th...

    2.69 miles away
  3. The River Thames at Chimney Meadows

    Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve


    Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s largest nature reserve, covering 250 ha of the Upper Thames...

    2.7 miles away
  4. St Britius Church in Brize Norton

    Brize Norton - St Britius Church

    This is the only church in England dedicated to St. Britius, who was canonised in 443 A.D.

    The...

    2.86 miles away
  5. Carterton Leisure Centre

    Carterton Leisure Centre

    Facilities include: 25m six lane swimming pool; separate toddler pool; aerobics studio; fitness...

    3.27 miles away
  6. St Bartholomew's Church Ducklington

    Ducklington - St Bartholomew's Church

    St Bartholomew's Church dates from the 11th century with the north aisle the most interesting...

    3.84 miles away
  7. Crocodiles of the World Witney

    Crocodiles of the World


    Crocodiles of the World has moved to new and larger premises!

    Crocodiles of the World is the...

    3.86 miles away
  8. Snake swing in Kilkenny Lane Country Park

    Kilkenny Lane Country Park


    Set within 21 hectares (50 acres) Kilkenny Lane Country Park is an ideal location for playing,...

    3.86 miles away
  9. St George's Church in Kencot (©Derek Cotterill)

    Kencot - St George's Church


    St George's Church in Kencot is of late 12th century origin and features a tower with a curious...

    3.87 miles away
  10. Broadwell Church cDerek Cotterill

    Broadwell - St Peter & St Paul's Church


    This large medieval cruciform church, with a north and south transept, dates back to the 12th to...

    3.94 miles away
  11. Soft play centre in Witney

    Kinderkids

    Bring your children to have fun in an interactive soft play experience. Let their imaginations come...

    3.98 miles away
  12. St Matthew's church in Langford (© Derek Cotterill)

    Langford - St Matthew's Church


    St Matthew's church stands slightly adrift of the village, which has over time shifted north west...

    4.11 miles away
  13. Witney Lakes Golf Course

    Witney Lakes Resort Golf


    Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, the Witney Lakes Golf Club is a stunning 6,500yds, par 71...

    4.19 miles away
  14. Jaccuzi at The Spa at Witney Lakes Resort

    The Spa at Witney Lakes Resort

    The Spa at Witney Lakes Resort provides you with the chance to taste the exotics as well as adding...

    4.19 miles away
  15. The Church of the Holy Rood in Shilton (photo courtesy of Derek Cotterill)

    Shilton - Holy Rood Church


    Humble and unadorned, Shilton's Church of the Holy Rood stands on a slope above the village. The...

    4.32 miles away
  16. St Mary's Church - Witney

    Witney - St Mary's Church


    Standing at one end of Church Green, the imposing 156ft spire and impressive size of St Mary’s...

    4.53 miles away
  17. The 'Bishop's Palace' in Witney as it might have appeared in the middle ages

    Bishop's Palace

    The remains of the ‘Bishop’s Palace’ are situated in the grounds of Mount House, just east of St...

    4.56 miles away
  18. Wychwood Brewery

    Wychwood Brewery Tours

    Our brewery is open for public tours every weekend. Booking is essential.

    Tours :
    Fridays -...

    4.59 miles away
  19. St George's Church in Kelmscott

    Kelmscott - St George's Church


    Originally a chapel of ease, St George's Church in Kelmscott is practically unaltered since the...

    4.73 miles away
  20. Cotswold Woollen Weavers

    Cotswold Woollen Weavers

    The splendid 18th century buildings, in the idyllic setting of the tranquil village of Filkins,...

    4.74 miles away
  21. None

    Windrush Leisure Centre

    With a full programme of swimming, a host of dry activities and a café with pool viewing area...

    4.77 miles away
  22. Lake at Hardwick Parks

    Hardwick Parks Watersports Centre

    The watersports centre is located between our two lakes. Our 51 acre lake with two islands is our...

    4.78 miles away
  23. Kelmscott Manor

    Kelmscott Manor


    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around...

    4.82 miles away
  24. Rushy Common and Tar Lakes

    Rushy Common Nature Reserve


    Rushy Common and neighbouring Tar Lakes is a 30 hectare site with three lakes, left after gravel...

    4.84 miles away
  25. Marriotts Walk in Witney

    Marriotts Walk Shopping Centre


    Marriotts Walk is in the centre of Witney, just off Welch Way, and offers High Street named shops...

    4.86 miles away
  26. Filkins Church (photo courtesy of Derek Cotterill)

    Filkins - St Peter's Church


    St Peter’s, Filkins was built in medieval (Victorian Gothic) style in 1855 - 57 by George Edmund...

    4.86 miles away
  27. The Pottery Place - Witney

    The Pottery Place

    A paint-your-own-pottery and craft studio in Witney. They also undertake a wide range of...

    4.88 miles away
  28. Cineworld in Witney

    Cineworld (Witney)

    Modern five screen multiplex cinema set in the Marriotts Walk Shopping Centre in Witney.

    Rated...

    4.91 miles away
  29. St Marys Church Cogges

    Cogges - St Mary's Church

    The church has an unusual tower, positioned in the north west corner of the church it is square at...

    4.92 miles away
  30. St Peter's Broughton Poggs cDerek Cotterill

    Broughton Poggs - St Peter's Church


    St Peter’s, Broughton Poggs, is situated in a farmyard although many of the former barns on the...

    4.94 miles away
  31. Cogges House

    Cogges


    Everyone who visits Cogges for the first time is bowled over by its beauty. Visit a unique venue...

    4.95 miles away
  32. None

    Witney Museum


    The large ground floor gallery houses a long term exhibition, showing the history of Witney and...

    4.96 miles away
  33. Minster Lovell Hall

    Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote

    Ruins of a large 15th century manor set around a courtyard. Situated in attractive settings on the...

    5.08 miles away
  34. St Kenelm's church in Minster Lovell near Witney

    Minster Lovell - St Kenelm's Church

    St Kenelm's church in Minster Lovell is mainly 15th century, built on the foundations of an earlier...

    5.09 miles away
  35. St Nicholas Church, Asthall

    Asthall - St Nicholas Church

    A 12th century church in the Windrush Valley, with a 14th century transept converted into a chantry...

    5.35 miles away
  36. Daisyroots Ceramics in Witney

    Daisyroots Ceramics

    Daisyroots is a paint your own ceramics studio set in a 17th century mill cottage on the outskirts...

    5.45 miles away
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