31 May 2018
1. Feel like a TV star
Bampton is recognised the world over as the fictional village of Downton, as it was used for filming outdoor scenes of the TV series Downton Abbey. Notable landmarks include St. Mary's Church, used as the setting for Lady Mary and Matthew’s wedding, and the library, which served as the entrance to the cottage hospital.
2. Location, Location, Location
With the A40 close by and the M40 approximately 22 miles away, Bampton is well-placed for Oxford and London, as well as commuting to surrounding major towns. Combe and Hanborough train stations are nearby, with Hanborough offering regular services to Oxford in nine minutes, Banbury in 25 minutes and London Paddington in just over an hour.
3. Great level of Education
For families, there is an excellent choice of educational facilities nearby with Bampton CofE Primary School and Aston & Cote Primary School, both rated 'Good' by Ofsted, as well as Carterton Community College, The Henry Box School, King's School Witney, Cokethorpe School and Burford School.
4. Gateway to the Cotswolds
Bampton is located just six miles from the picturesque town of Burford, considered the southern gate of the Cotswolds. A beautiful old Cotswold town, the broad main street is lined with dignified houses, ancient cottages and an abundance of delightful side streets to explore old pubs, tea rooms and antique shops.
5. Go to the pub for a game of Aunt Sally…
Aunt Sally is a traditional throwing game, played predominantly in pubs in Oxfordshire. The dolly (a 10cm high ball or skittle) is placed on a metal spike normally around three foot tall. Players (typically two teams of six) take it in turns to throw six sticks at the dolly. The aim is to knock the dolly off the spike, without hitting the spike.
6. Steeped in history
At the time of the Norman Conquest, Bampton was one of the largest settlements in the county. It had an important salt works and an early market. The town enjoyed amazing prosperity in the middle ages, and much of its wealth was based on wool. Bampton has for generations been renowned for its Morris Dancing traditions which are still celebrated today.
7. Enjoy a perfect summer's day out
Bampton is lucky enough to be in a beautiful location, surrounded by many sites of interesting history. Friars Court in nearby Clanfield is a privately owned 17th century Cotswold manor with three acres of gardens all of which are located within the remaining arms of a 16th century moat. Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is also nearby. Considered as one of the finest baroque houses in the country, it was originally a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
8. Shopping in Witney
Witney has attracted some major retailers over the years with many major chain stores opening. Marriotts Walk shopping centre has brought many big names to the town, including Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and the upmarket children's store, Jo Jo Maman Bebe. Meanwhile, the Woolgate shopping centre has attracted fashion giants Next & H&M to join its 24 other top retailers. It's not all big names in Witney though as the high street also plays host to a number of small independent shops and country pubs.
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