Miss Carol Phillips
Bampton Church of England Primary School
Bowling Green Close,
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The ancient market town of Bampton sits on the edge of the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is one of the oldest and prettiest towns in the area. At the time of the Norman Conquest, Bampton was one of the three largest settlements in Oxfordshire. It had an important salt works and an early market. The town enjoyed tremendous prosperity in the early Middle ages, much of which derived from the wool trade.
The village of Bampton has been used for filming most of the exterior shots for the television drama series Downton Abbey.
The church of St. Mary the Virgin is of considerable interest , with a splendid 170ft spire at the base of which are four flying buttresses, each surmounted by a carved apostle. The contents of the interior include canopied sedilia in the chancel, a fine stone reredos, three brasses and an impressive 17th century monument to George Tompson (1603) in the south trancept.
Also of interest in the town is the delightful Old Grammar School in Church Street, now used as a library, and the gatehouse of Ham Court in Mill Street, a building once forming part of Bampton Castle, which had been built by the Earl of Pembroke in the 14th century.
There is a pleasant walk south-west from Bampton, via the hamlet of Weald, to the Old Man’s Bridge and Radcot Lock, both on the Upper Thames and joining the Thames Path.
For more information see the Cotswolds Tourist Information
Most of the photographs used throughout the site were kindly provided by James Wildman, a professional photographer and graphic design artist who lives in Bampton.