Bampton is variously referred to as both a town and a village. The Domesday Book recorded that it was a market town by 1086. It continued as such until the 1890s.[2] It has both a town hall and a village hall.

In recent years this attractive little market town has seen tourists flock to its heart given the use of the town in the now world famous costume drama, Downton Abbey.

The centre of the town has a great convenience store and Post Office, a butchers shop and three pubs. It is also surrounded by pretty villages with “gastro” pubs such as Buckland, Alvescot and Clanfield.

There is a very attractive housing stock here at all price points and nearby independent schools such as Cokethorpe School and St Hughs Preparatory School make this a popular location in which to live.

Bampton, also albeit very rarely these days called Bampton-in-the-Bush, is a settlement and civil parish in the Thames Valley about 4 12 miles (7 km) southwest of Witney and 11.5 miles from Oxford

 The parish includes the hamlet of Weald. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 2,564