Bampton, Westmorland

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Bampton Village Store and Post Office
Grid reference: NY515182
Location: 54°33’25"N, 2°45’4"W
Population: 373  (2011)
Post town: Penrith
Postcode: CA10
Dialling code: 01931
Local Government
Council: Westmorland & Furness
Penrith and the Border

Bampton is a village in Westmorland, on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

The parish had a population of 373 according to the 2011 census, which parish includes the villages of Bampton, Bampton Grange and Martindale.

Bampton Grammar school was founded in 17th century when the industrial population was comparatively large. Depopulation reduced the necessity for the school however, which fell victim at last to budgetary considerations. Until 2005 Bampton had a village school, which closed due to lack of children.

Haweswater Beck arises as a stream discharge from Haweswater Reservoir and flows eastward, just north of Firth Woods, and then turns north to join the River Lowther between Bampton and Bampton Grange.

The village today

The village of Bampton has a Village Store Bed & Breakfast, a post office, a village hall, a playground, a garage and a caravan site. In Bampton Grange is St Patrick's Church, Bampton and the Crown and Mitre Inn.

The impressive parish church, St Patrick’s, is in Bampton Grange.

On film and in books

Within the village is the traditional red telephone box used in the 1980s cult classic movie Withnail & I.

There is a book called Ploughing in Latin that has been written about Bampton and one called Cast Iron Community about Burnbanks, the village built to house the Haweswater dam-builders.

Outside links

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