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Banbury is a charming old market town situated in the eastern part of the beautiful Cotswolds. The town probably takes its name from 'Banna', a Saxon man who is believed to have built a stockade near the town in the fifth century, which by the time of William the Conqueror was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Once Banbury even had its own Castle built in 1135 by Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln. Besieged a few times during the English Civil War, it was later pulled down and the stone used to repair war damage to the other buildings in the town.
In the 13th century Banbury was already a thriving wool trading centre, which greatly contributed to the wealth of its citizens. A fire ravaged the town in 1628, destroying many buildings, yet some have survived to this day.

The town's development was enhanced by the construction of James Brindley's Oxford Canal in 1790, connecting it with the Midlands and, later, of the railway line. Nowadays, Banbury has a direct connection with London and Birmingham by the M40 motorway, which makes transport and travel in the area much easier.
Banbury is also an industrial town, with Alcoa (aluminium products) and Kraft Jacobs Suchard having their factories here. The pleasant smell of coffee in my bedroom at night came from the latter. And to think that they make my favourite custard there as well!

Banbury is the perfect starting point for trips to the picturesque Cotswold villages, with their wonderful thatched honey-coloured stone cottages. Very close to it stands Broughton Castle, the home of the Fiennes family, which deserves a separate page. The famous Neolithic stone circle, The Rollright Stones, is only a short drive away. Banbury's famous neighbours include Warwick with its magnificent Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and, just a 20-minute train journey away, Oxford. Visit the charming Cotswold pubs, with their local cuisine and beautiful country decor or go to a local fete, with Morris dancing and falconry shows. In fact, there are so many opportunities for entertainment in or near the town that I can't list them all. You will never get bored in Banbury.

  • Last visit to Banbury: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nov 25, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Excellent picture of the Timber-framed house in the Market Place

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    Nov 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    It reads like you really enjoyed the history and greenery in this town in the middle of England. Wonderful job of preparing the comments and the cross information was fantastic

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    Jul 27, 2009 at 4:47 AM

    Car Boot Sales, Half-timbered English houses, narrow canal boats, English Pubs - I would certainly enjoy myself here in Banbury.

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    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    I love your intro photo! The Historic Boatyard must be very interesting! I had never seen a 300years old Wisteria! "If your children have outgrown you...", I thought you were going to write that you can have them on sale at the car boot sale, haha!

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    Dec 25, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    What a picturesque little village! I don't recall that we drove through during my Cotswolds day, but next time maybe. Sitting at the canal sounds perfect and admiring these houses as well. And ghosts... :-)

  • ligaya's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    really interesting page..lovely photos. Well done!!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Of course the nursery rhyme was the first thing I thought of as I clicked on your Banbury tips. This was enlightening!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    I had never heard of a "car Boot Sale" before. Wonderful tips with historic significance and I love the information about the nursery rhyme. Thanks ever so much.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 1:00 AM

    Very igood information and beautiful pictures. Interesting tips and photoes of Morris dancers, Edgehill and wisteria in White Lion's Walk.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2006 at 10:00 AM

    Nice page with tons of info!


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