Banbury

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About Banbury

Banbury, a market town in northern Oxfordshire, England, is ocated on the River Cherwell. It is 64 miles (103 km) northwest of London, 38 miles (61 km) southeast of Birmingham, 27 miles (43 km) south of Coventry and 21 miles (34 km) north northwest from the county town of Oxford. The urban area, including surrounding parishes, has a population of about 50,000.

Inspite or many modern developments the old town still has old alleys and quiet corners to explore. Two of Banbury’s famous inns remain. The Reindeer in Parsons Street and the large 17th century Whateley Hall Hotel in the Horsefair which used to be called the Three Tuns. Many famous people have stayed here including Johnathan Swift, who is reputed to have taken the name Gulliver from a tombstone in the nearby churchyard.

The famous Banbury Cross – though not the original which was destroyed by the Puritans in the 17th century is situated at a cross-roads on the broad Horsefair. The well-known nursery rhyme refers to the cross – ‘ Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross to see a finer lady on a white horse’. It is thought this rhyme referred to a visit by Queen Elizabeth I

Banbury is also famous for its special Banbury Cakes which are elliptical in shape and made of light pastry lined with currants and have a lemon fragrance. They have been produced for at least 300 years.

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Banbury by train from London Paddington and also Marylebone.

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