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The Buttercross and Town Hall

Witney

Known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point Blanket was traded in exchange for furs, the town owes...

Bampton

Towns & Villages

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.

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