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Bampton commonly means farmstead made of beams or by a tree. Around 1069 Bampton was known as Bemtun and by 1086 as Bentone.

To travel by road to Bampton, use the M40, and exit at Junction 8, the Oxford exit, onto the A40. The A40 is part of Oxford's ring road, but follow it round and stay on the A40 towards Witney. At Witney leave the A40 and turn south on to the A4095 for six miles, which will take you through Lew and on to Bampton. Alternatively, you can leave the M40 at Junction 9 on the M40 and turn towards Oxford on the A34. Exit the A34 at Oxford's Botley junction and turn on to the A420, signposted Swindon. Exit the A420 at Faringdon, initially on to the A417, and turn north on to the A4095, through Radcot, Clanfield and then on to Bampton.