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BAMPTON IN THE UNIVERSAL BRITISH DIRECTORY C. 1794

 

Bampton (or Baunton or Bathampton) is an ancient inland borough town, and stands upon a branch of the river Exe, about midway from south to north, from Exeter to Minehead. It is situate in a valley encompassed by hills. On the south and south-east are two fine lime rocks, which supply a great number of farmers in the neighbourhood, and employ many poor labourers. At the foot of the town runs a fine serpentine river called Batherm which empties itself, about a mile from the town, into the beautiful river Exe.

 

The lord of the manor holds a court once a year, and gives the inhabitants a free choice of their  own officers: such as two portreeves, two constables, and other inferior officers. The chief manufacture of this town is serge.

 

There is one large church with a lofty tower, very romantic, and a very large and pleasant church yard, in which are two yew-trees, remarkable for their great age.  In the parish are two chapels one tqo and the other four miles from the town, and one dissenting meeting house.

 

The market day is on Wednesday. there are two fairs in the year viz: Whit Tuesday and the last Thursday in October. It is remarkable for as good sheep, in size and quality, as any in England.

 

This town is west of London 167 miles, north-west of Exeter 22, Tiverton 7 and Dulverton about 5 miles. At the foot of the town is a fine mine-spring of water drunk by the inhabitants and travellers for the  benefit of their health. This Borough formerly sent two members to Parliament but then the inhabitants paid the expense of them; times are so much altered now, that if any gentleman could renew the Charter, he would doubtless be glad to pay his own expenses, to name his colleague and be returned to Parliament. In 614, a battle was fought here between the Saxons and the Britons, wherein the former were defeated.

 

A coach sets out for this place every day at twelve o'clock from the Bolt-in-Tun, Fleet Street, London. Also two waggons: one every day at nine o'clock in the morning, from the Bell Inn, Friday Street, London; the other every Monday and Thursday morning at ten o'clock from the Swan Inn, Holborn Bridge, London.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PRINCIPAL INHABITANTS

GENTRY

Richard Bowden Esq.

Abraham Badcock Esq

John Style Esq,

CLERGY

Rev, N. Norman, Dissenting Minister

Rev. William Toms

PHYSICIANS

William Langdon, Surgeon and Man-midwife

TRADERS Etc.

James Brewer, victualler

John Baker, victualler

William Baker maltster

William betty, baker

John Burge, carpenter

William Burge, thatcher

James Burge, thatcher

George Blackmore - Postman

Benjamin Cotteril - taylor

John Cotty, - carpenter

Robert Capron, farrier

James Cridge, glazier

Ann Cridge - victualler

Richard Chigley, serge maker

George Davy, lime burner

John Davy, victualler

Samuel Escott, serge maker

Thomas Escott, victualler

William Escott, boot and shoe maker

Robert Escott, boot and shoe maker

William Gibbins - miller

Henry Handin, -  excise officer

William Hill, butcher

Thomas Helllings - victualler

Robert Leigh - cooper

John Marly - shoe maker

George Marly - butcher

John Morte - heelmaker*

Richard Morris - maltster

Thomas Oxenham - breeches maker

William Oxenham - tanner

William Phillips - draper

Robert Phillips - shop keeper

John Phillips - farrier

Edward parsons - victualler

William Prowte - taylor

Samuel Peake - gardener

George Row - tanner

Henry Spurway - carpenter

William Short - serge maker

William Sayer- butcher

John Short - butcher

William Style- draper

John Trowey,- maltster

James Tucker - serge maker

William Yeandell, - serge maker

Thomas Yeandall - victualler

* Shoe heels were  made of wood at this time.

 

 
 
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