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Banbury Cross

The traditional rhyme, 'Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross', for chronological reasons must have referred to Banbury's ancient High or Market Cross demolished by the puritans on 26th July 1600. It stood on a section of the Market Place in Banbury where it is now commemorated by a plaque. Other Crosses previously in the town were demolished about the same time. Although Banbury was without a cross for over 250 years, the memory sustained no doubt by the rhyme remained with the local population throughout that period. It became a physical fact again in 1859 when the corporation of Banbury erected a new cross in decorated gothic form at the most prominent road junction in Banbury - in celebration of the marriage of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter. Statues of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V were added in 1911 at the time of the latter's coronation.
In everyone's mind this is now "The Cross" of the Nursery Rhyme. The historical background is there to be discovered subsequently. It is 52 feet 6 inches high to the top of its gilt cross and is now the focal point of interest in the town and the site of any public celebrations particularly by the youth of the town on New Year's Eve.

St. Mary's Church

When part of the previous church collapsed in 1790 the present Church which is a late Georgian building was erected in the last decade of the 18th Century and consecrated in September 1797. As the money was not available the church was not completed until 1822. St Mary’s Church was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerill and is thought to be modelled on Sir Christopher Wren's St. Stephen's Church at Walbrook.

The White Horse

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, to see a fine lady upon a white horse, rings on his fingers bells on her toes; she shall have music where ever she goes.
Banbury now has a statue of a fine lady upon a white horse from the nursery rhyme. It is situated a few yards away from Banbury Cross. There is a frog underneath the white horse waiting to have a swim after it has been raining.
Click on this for a link to historic town trail

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  • Pros:Good shopping centre
  • Cons:A traffic jam all day, every day in the town centre
  • In a nutshell:Always expanding
  • Intro Updated Jul 4, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    You have added a number of informative new tips and updates since I last looked at this page two and a half years ago.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Banbury has so much character and charm. Lots of wonderful things to see and do. Thank you for sharing such a delightful place. Excellent page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Me again, coming back to read the updates and new tips that you have added here in the past year. Good that you are keeping the page up to date.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Nice to see some new Banbury tips on your page.

    • alancollins's Profile Photo
      Jun 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Just catching up with some new places and updating some of the old tips.

    • evaanna's Profile Photo
      Jul 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Back again to see some new places and the lovely old wisteria.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Alan, you’ve added numerous new tips and updates since I last looked at this page in 2009. An interesting introduction to your home town!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    What a beautiful garden you have! I am glad they saved the 300yr old Wisteria, looks stunning in your photo! What a good choice of Restaurant's you have here, certainly, wouldn't go hungry!

  • Nov 9, 2009 at 4:57 AM

    a lot of pictures and information!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Took the delux tour here and - ahhh, that canal photo. Thoroughly enjoyed Banbury.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    I don't drink any more, either, but if I did I would certainly qualify as being a more mature 25 plus drinker. Same with cooked English breakfasts. -- Oh, and thanks for your visit to my Munich page.

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    You did a great job on your hometown. Thanks for sharing, Alan.

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