Bampton's History

Historical Links and Resources

To find out more, here are various sources of information:


Bampton VideosA series of videos about Bampton including those such as "Bampton Charter Fair", "Bampton Town Trail", "Bampton Church Guide", "Bampton Church Clock", "Bampton Railway 1884-1963" are available HERE.


Clayhanger history

A History of Clayhanger (Published April 2020)

This new booklet is available for download here.

It covers the history of this small hamlet near Bampton from the Romans, the Saxons, and the Normans to cover Dernscombe Chapel, Nutcombe Manor, the parish church, local charities, the change in population, etc. There are no fewer than 8 appendices with detailed information.

It is very remarkable how much has been discovered about this tiny parish (population 127 at the last census) which is one of Bampton's five-parish group, the Hukeley Mission Community.




Short History of Bampton

A New Short History of Bampton, Devon

Published by: Fort Press

ISBN 978 0 9535674 5 4

Available at the Heritage Centre.

"We visited you on 8th.May this year, you conducted us around Bampton and we enjoyed a wonderful day. Thank you! Before leaving I purchased two books by Mr. Francis, Roman to 17th.Century Bampton and A New Short History of Bampton, read them and was unexpectedly excited by them. Many guide books of this nature seem to be based upon odd scraps of information and you finish them wishing they had gone deeper. Not so Mr. Francis' books. Without being overly academic, they are really scholarly and yet the sort of book you cannot put down. The depth of research shines through and the well sited illustrations sufficient to help the understanding and compliment the text. Bampton should be very grateful to have these among your sales items, as I am sure you are. " Chulmleigh & District Local History Society

Bampton Town Trail and Guide

To get a good idea of the history of Bampton, the best way is to follow the 'Bampton Town Trail': this is a walk which takes you around the town, and introduces you to historic sites and buildings. 

There is a free leaflet available from the Heritage Centre, who also organise guided tours around the town.

Religious History of Bampton

This book (published December 2001) by Fort Press

ISBN 0 9535674 1 9

On sale in the Heritage Centre.

Industrial Heritage of Bampton

The Industrial Heritage of Bampton (2006) - Published by Fort Press

ISBN 0 9535674 2 7

Also on sale at the Heritage Centre.

Bampton Fair - and a little bit more

"Bampton Fair - and a Little Bit More" - a new book, published by Frances Collier-Lovell, a local author in Autumn 2007. 128 pages; quality trade paperback (softcover); £9.99 + P & P £2.25 (UK only). For other countries please ask first.

ISBN 1-4251-3319-3

To purchase your copy of Bampton Fair and a little bit more please send an e-mail to: detailing how many copies you would like. If you would like a signed copy please mention this when you place your order.

History - Romans to 17C

"Roman to 17th Century Bampton, Devon", including the Romans, Saxon and Norman Occupations, the Knights Templar, the Roman Fort, Bampton Castle, and the Borough of Bampton. TJ Francis £2.85 Published by Fort Press April 2008

ISBN 978-0-9535674-3-0

Also on sale at the Heritage Cantre.

Field Guide to Bampton Castle

"Field Guide Number Ten" from the Devon Archaeological Association gives a guide to the history of the castle in Bampton and an explanatioin of what would have been sited there in ancient times.

This leaflet is on sale at the Heritage Cantre.

The Great War - Bampton's heros

"We will remember them" - Bampton's dead from the Great War. A new book, published in November 2008, and written by local author Colin Wellard.

The price is £3.25 and the book is available from Bampton Heritage Centre, Bawdens, Spar, and Tiverton Museum.


Book - Great War

"Their Name Liveth for Evermore" - Clayhanger, Huntsham, and Morebath dead from the Great War. A new book, published in 2015 and written by local author Colin Wellard.

The price is £3.50 and the book is available from Bampton Heritage Centre.

This book, written by Caroline Seward, gives a community history of Bampton, and is illustrated with numerous wonderful old photographs, most of which came from Reg Kingdon's collection.

Available at the Heritage Cantre.

Devon Books 1998

IBSN 1 85522 646 4

The Book of Bampton

Three of these old maps of Bampton are from Devon County Council, the others we have added:

Saxton's Map of Devon 1575 Bampton Map 1907
1575 1765 1809 1827 1842 1907

For some interesting genealogical history of the parish, try clicking here.

Devon History Society has a wide range of members from enthusiastic amateurs to senior academic historians.

Devon Record Office

Link to Devon Record Office for historical records

Friends of Devon Archive

Friends of Devon Archives - a wealth of local historical information on 18th century


GENUKI - Genealogical information for the UK and Ireland - Bampton Section

Devon Archeological Society

Devon Archeological Society - a thriving organisation founded in 1928. They have advised us about Bampton castle motte.

Our local historian is compiling a significant database of local names associated with Bampton's history. You can contact him via email at



Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre