Bampton Town in Devon
Bampton is a small town of about 1,700 people in East Devon. The town lies on the River Batherm, a tributary of the River Exe. Bampton is about roughly midway between Dulverton in the north and Tiverton to the south. Taunton lies 20 miles away to the east whilst the North Devon town of Barnstaple lies just under 30 miles away to the northwest. Its proximity to Exmoor makes it an excellent base from which to explore.
Bampton is thought to date from Roman times when the area was fortified. Nowadays its later Saxon remains are most visible. Some hedges conform to the Saxon furrow measure of 625 feet - later to become a furlong - and traces of their strip farming can be seen to the north-east of the castle mound. The mound being the remains of the 11th century Norman Castle built on earlier Saxon fortifications. The circular churchyard is also Saxon in origin. In the Domesday Book of 1086 Bapmpton is recorded as having 34 villagers, 23 smallholders, 4 slaves and 15 other population.
Bampton is quite interesting architecturally and has nearly 100 listed buildings including the Grade 1 listed church, dedicated to Saint Michael
Events near Bampton
Dining out near Bampton
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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