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Living in Bampton: the local area guide
Bampton is a picturesque village in the Thames Valley near the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire, England. A settlement since long before the Romans, it was a notable market town throughout the Saxon and Middle Ages and was recorded by its Norman conquerors in the Domesday Book. For many centuries it was one of the three largest settlements in the country thanks to its position, sheltered in a valley, as well as its market.
Nowadays, relatively speaking, it is much smaller, but still important in its own way. It is well known as a perfectly picturesque example of rural England; a peaceful hideaway. Its pretty architecture and landscape led it to be used as a site for a lot of filming for the TV show Downton Abbey. Outdoor scenes have been filmed around the village, and the Old Grammar School Building was used as the hospital, while the 12th century church, St Mary's Church, was in a lot of scenes and often provided a backdrop.
The village is an attractive place to live. Not too far from Oxford, it has good basic conveniences, as well as a friendly and warm community which throws lots of events throughout the year.
Bampton was recorded in the 2011 census as having 1,120 households and a total population of 2,564, of which a little over half are women. It has a population density barely a quarter of that of the rest of the South East at 1.5 persons per hectare. It is a fairly wealthy area, and 70% of its inhabitants own their home, of which 34.5% own it outright, and 35.2% have a mortgage. That's a lot higher than the average for England.
The mean age is slightly higher than it is for the rest of the country at 41.1 years old, as it includes a relatively high retired population, but, despite this, the self-reported state of health in the village is overwhelmingly good.
There is an unemployment rate of just 2.3%, and those that are in work tend to do fairly well. Roughly 61% of Bampton households belong to the ABC1 social grade, which means their main earner works in a Higher or Intermediate professional, administrative, technical or managerial job role. All this may be related to the rates of education in the area – a third of residents have a university degree, and less than one in five have no qualifications.
The village's own school is the Bampton Church of England Primary School. It has performed very well under Ofsted inspection, achieving 'Good' marks across the board. The school has close ties to the community and involves parents heavily. Around 98% of those that send their children to the school say their child is taught well, well looked after and happy at Bampton Church of England Primary School.
Just down the road is Aston & Cote Primary School, which is a similar school in terms of outlook and performance. Parents of older children will find there are lots of secondary school options in the surrounding area within an easy drive.
Bampton's local railway station fell victim to the widespread closures in the 1960s. However, the town does receive bus services that regularly travel to other towns and villages in the local area.
It is far easier, however, to move around by car. Just to the north is the closest main road, the A40, and that can take a driver to Oxford in around half an hour. To the south west is Swindon, which can be driven to in under 40 minutes. People considering commuting to either will find Bampton well positioned.
Amenities and shopping
Bampton's conveniences and amenities are about what you'd expect – independent stores, including a butchers, a convenience store, grocers and a chemist, are easily available.
There are some very nice pubs in the village which are warm and sociable, and there are also many groups and societies providing an easy way to join in with the local community.
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