Banbury is a historic market town on the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire, England and is the main town serving North Oxfordshire. It has a population of approx. 40,000 people and is twinned with Ermont in France and Hennef in Germany. The M40 which connected to Banbury in 1990, is conveniently located for the M40 which provides access to Birmingham, Oxford and London in addition to the train network providing an easy commute to Marylebone in under an hour. There are a number of small and independent shops in the town centre as well as the big chains you can find in any town. The market place in Banbury holds market days on Thursdays and Saturdays and there’s also a special farmers market on the first Friday of every month. In the 16th century, Banbury had three crosses: 1. The High Cross or Market Cross, was in Cornhill, just off the market place. 2. The Bread Cross was the corner of High Street and Butchers Row and was associated with the distribution of bread to the poor each Good Friday. 3. The White Cross was on the edge of the old town borough, at what is now the corner of West Bar Street and Beargarden Road. The Banbury Cross, which is located on a roundabout in the middle of the town, was erected in 1859 to celebrate the wedding of Prince Frederick of Prussia to his bride, the original cross having been pulled down some 250 years earlier. The Ride a Cock Horse nursery rhyme originated around 1760. The “Fyne” lady is reputed to be a member of the Fiennes family – ancestors of Lord Saye and Sele. Apart from the Cross, Banbury is also noted for its Cakes, Maker’s of Brown’s original Banbury cakes since 1818. The cakes used to be baked in Parson’s Street in the Old Cake Shop dated 1568 of which are now distributed through local shops and by mail order. There is also a museum and tourist information Centre within Castle Quay shopping centre. The museum includes sections on the civil war, the Oxford canal and the adjacent Tooley’s boatyard. Banbury is mainly famous for the Nursery Rhyme: Ride A Cock Horse To Banbury Cross To See a Fine Lady Upon a White Horse With Rings on Her Fingers And Bells on Her Toes She shall have Music Wherever She Goes.
On the edge of the Cotswolds is the Parish of Deddington. Easily accessible from the M40, it’s ideal for a cultural visit, shopping or sports – Oxford, Stratford, Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village and Silverstone are all within easy reach. With its picturesque honey-coloured houses, it’s a great place to live, work or visit and is also convenient for Banbury train station with trains providing an easy commute to Marylebone in under an hour.
Bloxham is a village in Oxfordshire on the edge of the Cotswolds, about 3 miles southwest of Banbury on the A361 and is conveniently located for the M40 which provides access to Birmingham, Oxford and London in addition to the train network providing an easy commute to Marylebone in under an hour. Oxfordshire is a county in South East England bordering on Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire,Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. The county has major education and tourist industries and is noted for the concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities.The University of Oxford is a world famous educational institution and one of the top two Universities in the United Kingdom. The main centre of population is the city of Oxford. Other significant settlements are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington and Chipping Norton to the north of Oxford; Carterton and Witney to the west;Thame and Chinnor to the east; and Abingdon,Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley-onThames to the south. Places of Interest include the Ashmolean Museum, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Blenhiem Palace, Dorchester Abbey and Hook Norton Brewery. Bicester is famed for its luxurious Outlet Shopping Village and Henley on Thames for the prestigious Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race, while Chipping Norton is one of the largest of the picturesque Cotswold town
Brackley is situated around 22 miles from Oxford and 20 miles from Northampton and is ideally located for the local motorway and rail networks to enable an easy commute to nearby towns and cities. There are a range of shops, places to eat and drink and supermarkets nearby. As you explore the High Street, Courtyard Mews and Brackley’s hidden lanes and backstreets, you will come across many independent specialist shops and boutiques that sell a surprisingly diverse range of goods. From new and antique musical instruments, original artwork and antiquarian books, to maps, gifts, designer fashion and a traditional butcher. The town is particularly well known for antiques, with 150 independent, specialist dealers based at the Brackley Antique Cellar. The town’s cafes, bars, restaurants provide a warm welcome, often serving locally sourced meat, fruit and vegetables. The pedestrianized piazza outside the Town Hall hosts regular markets. It is also the focal point for many of the town’s annual festivals. Brackley Leisure Centre, currently undergoing refurbishment, has a fantastic range of facilities, including state of the art fitness studios with over 30 weekly classes on offer and will provide two new swimming pools. With football, rugby, squash, tennis and bowls clubs, there is something for everyone. Brackley is also a great base from which to explore the various attractions the region has to offer, including nearby Silverstone, home of Formula One; Towcester Racecourse; Bicester Village designer outlet shopping; Evenley Wood Gardens; Stowe Landscape Gardens and Sulgrave Manor, ancestral home of George Washington
Adderbury is a winding village and rural civil parish about 3 miles (5 km) south of Banbury in northern Oxfordshire, England. East and West Adderbury are divided by the east-flowing Sor Brook, a tributary of the Cherwell. Sor Brook rises at Ratley and Upton in Warwickshire and joins the Cherwell between Adderbury and Aynho, Northamptonshire. Situated close to the M40 motorway, three miles south of Banbury and 20 miles North of Oxford, Adderbury provides a picturesque gateway to the many delights and attractions of the surrounding Cotswold towns, villages and countryside. Its also provides easy access to Birmingham, Oxford, Bicester and London, whilst the local train network provides a commute to Marylebone in under an hour. In the village itself, the clusters of honey-coloured stone cottages are the stuff of picture postcards, together with the parish church with its impressive steeple, provide echoes of a history that can be traced back over 1000 years. Part of that history is the tradition of Morris dancing which had died out by the end of the 19th century but was successfully revived in the 1970s. Today Adderbury boasts three active Morris sides and the annual Day of Dance is a highlight in the village calendar. The village also enjoys an enviable reputation for its music, which ranges from informal folk nights and orchestral concerts in the parish church. There are two pubs in the village and one hotel which overlooks the green. The Red Lion hotel dates back to 1605 and originally a popular coaching inn. The other two pubs are The Bell Inn and The Pickled Ploughman. The village also has a thriving primary school, pre-school and boasts a large number of local businesses including a village store.
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