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Bampton Castle on the Air

May 17, 2011

I was really pleased to speak to Chris M0DOL on 40m tonight while he was operating GX4KPT/P from Bampton Castle in Oxfordshire as part of his CASHOTA activities. My mother and grandparents came from Bampton, so it was great to make the contact.

Bampton Castle : Differing accounts of its origin exist. One states that in about 1142 AD during the reign of Stephen, Matilda built a motte castle. Another states that in 1314–15, during the reign of Edward II, Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, obtained a license from the king to “make a castle of his house at Bampton.”

The castle was demolished before 1789 but parts of its structure have been incorporated into a house, Ham Court, which is a Grade II listed building.

The picturesque village of Bampton has recently starred (as location scenery) in the television programmes “Downton Abbey” and “The Suspicions of Mr Whicher” amongst others.

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