Bampton Community Archive
Tel: 01993 851886
The Old Grammar School in Bampton was built by Robert Vesey (d.1635), a wealthy local merchant living in Chimney, now a nearby village. At that time, Bampton was the largest town in the area and it badly needed a school for the children of the increasing large merchant class. Vesey commissioned the building of the school and is was opened in 1653, 18 years after his death.
Many people will recognise the building from TV – it served as the ‘Hospital’ in the popular TV series Downton Abbey.
As well as housing an extensive archive that includes an impressive collection of old photographs of Bampton and Bampton people, the Archive hosts a number of exhibitions each year. There is also a shop, selling a variety of books, audio CDs, DVDs and cards.
|2021 Summer (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|
|Monday - Saturday||11:00||- 16:30*|
|2020 Winter (1 Nov 2021 - 31 Mar 2022)|
|Monday - Saturday||10:30||- 16:00*|
* Closed during lunchtime period.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change