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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The 12th century church of St Mary contains vestiges of Saxon stonework.
Bampton is an extremely pretty town, with many of the buildings constructed of golden-coloured local Cotswold stone. Quite a few historic buildings remain, including several thatched cottages. The town is also known for its Morris Dancing heritage, with regular performances of this tradition art. The attractive town hall is a Grade II listed building which houses the West Oxfordshire Art Gallery (otherwise known as West Ox Arts).
The parish church of St Mary dates to 1153, although there is evidence of an earlier Saxon building in the stonework of the west tower. A lovely spire was added to the tower in the 13th century. There are also a fine array of grotesques, or gargoyles, around the eaves of the nave and chancel. Within the church is a beautifully carved stone rood screen dating from around 1400, and, nearby, an effigy of a knight, believed to be Sir Gilbert Talbot (b. 1390), of Bampton Castle. A few steps away from the church is Bampton Library, which is housed in a lovely Elizabethan listed building.
There was a castle at Bampton, though its origins are not clear. One version is that it dates to the reign of King Stephen, when Stephen's nemesis, Matilda, built a fortification here. Another version of events is that Bampton Castle was built by Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke around 1314. In either case the castle no longer exists; it was destroyed in 1789, though parts of it were incorporated into Ham Court. The site can be viewed off the A4095 at the south west corner of town.
Address: Bampton, Oxfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: At the junction of the A4095 and B4449 about 6 miles south of Witney
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Buckland, St Mary - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
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