Bampton in 1835
BAMPTON, a market town and parish in the county of Devon and the hundred of Bampton. It is 160 miles from London, about half way between Minehead and Exeter. The weekly market is held on Saturday, and there are two fairs in the year, one of which is held on Whit-Tuesday, and the other in the last Thursday in October. At these half-yearly fairs some of the finest sheep in England are sold. Its population in 1801 was 1,364 ; in 1811, 1,422 ; in 1821, 1,633 ; and in 1831, 1,961.