In the fifty years between 1825 and 1875, two public buildings were built in Bampton; the Town Hall which stands in the centre of the Market Square was designed in 1838 by George Wilkinson who went on to become chief designer of Workhouses in Ireland; the National School was designed by his younger brother, William, who had already designed a church for the neighbouring parish of Lew and who went on to design several schools and public buildings in Oxfordshire, as well as the Norham Manor Estate in North Oxford and perhaps his best-known building, the Randolph Hotel in Broad Street, Oxford. Both the Town Hall and the National School which opened in Church Street in 1870 were built by public subscription. Evidently the people of the town felt that they were important enough to be worth funding and they were both designed by the sons of a carpenter and builder in Witney.
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Monday 15 Jan 2018 to Wednesday 28 Feb 2018