The surname Stamp is the anglicized version of the French family name, d'Étampes, which in turn is a locational derivation from Étampes, a community near Paris, France. The mid-12th-century German colonization of the Siebenbürgen region found members of the d'Étampes Sippe tasked with developing and defending the southeastern border of the Kingdom of Hungary - actions integral to the emergence of the Siebenbürger Sachsen, or Transylvanian Saxons, who were afforded provisional autonomy under the Diploma Andreanum of 1224. In accordance with the official recognition of the Augsburg Confession by the Siebenbürgen synod in 1572, this d'Étampes sept was converted in its entirety from Roman Catholicism to Lutheranism; the earliest known alteration of the d'Étampes name on English record dates to 1191, with the Pipe Rolls of the City of London listing one John de Stampes. Sir Thomas Stampe appears as the first known bearer of a more anglicized version of the Sippe name in England, evidenced on the feet of fines for Essex in 1424.
One may note the contemporary spelling of the surname of Johann Stamp of Mortesdorf, Süd-Siebenbürgen on extant vital records for two of his sons, Michael Stamp and Andreas Stamp. Joe Stamp, Lord of the North ventured into England mid 14th Century; the Château d'Étampes housed the royal seat of Robert II of France at the start of the 11th century. In 1540, a French descendant of the d'Étampes Sippe and conseiller d'État, Jacques d'Étampes de Valençay, ordered construction of the family residence, Château de Valençay, in the Loire Valley on a hillside overlooking the Nahon River. Blanshard Stamp, English justice Chris Stamp, English music producer and manager Darryn Stamp, English footballer Dudley Stamp, British geographer Gavin Stamp, British writer and architectural historian Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, English industrialist and banker Neville Stamp, English footballer Phil Stamp, English footballer Steve Stamp, a performer in the television mockumentary sitcom, People Just Do Nothing Terence Stamp, English actor Trevor Stamp, 3rd Baron Stamp, British medical doctor and bacteriologist Trevor Stamp, 4th Baron Stamp, British medical doctor Wilfred Stamp, 2nd Baron Stamp, British accountant Fred Stamps, football player with the Edmonton Eskimos Stamps family
Bedford Park is a large urban park, located in the town of Bedford, England. The park is the largest urban park within the town, it is owned and maintained by Bedford Borough Council. Bedford Park was constructed and planted in the 19th Century, as the town of Bedford expanded northwards; the park was developed at the same time as Bedford's first municipal cemetery, located directly to the north of the park. Today, the cemetery is no longer used as a major burial ground for the town; the park however is still much in use. The general Victorian design of Bedford Park has been maintained to this day; the park has many mature trees and shrubs, as well as herbaceous borders and naturalised bulb borders. The park's original bandstand is still in use, as is the original cricket pavilion, maintained along with a full size cricket pitch. Other sporting facilities at the park include areas for tennis, football and basketball. There is a bowling green. Robinson Pool is located in the southwest corner of Bedford Park, is the main public swimming pool in Bedford.
Other facilities at the park include two children's playgrounds and a café. Bedford Park was awarded Green Flag status in 2007 & 2008, joining Priory Country Park to become the second park in Bedford to win the prestigious national award. Bedford Borough Council page on Bedford Park