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History of Banbury

History of Banbury
  • council: Banbury Town COuncil
  • population: 41,802
  • phone code: 01295
  • postcode area: OX16
  • county: Oxfordshire

Banbury is a market town and civil parish on the River Cherwell in the Cherwell District of Oxfordshire.

It is 64 miles (103 km) north-west of London, 38 miles (61 km) south-east of Birmingham, 27 miles (43 km) south of Coventry and 21 miles (34 km) north north-west of the county town of Oxford.

The urban area, including surrounding parishes, had a population of 43,867 at the 2001 census, though this figure has increased in recent years to approximately 45,000.

Banbury is a significant commercial and retail centre for the surrounding area, which is predominantly rural. Banbury's main industries are car components, electrical goods, plastics, food processing, and printing. Banbury is home to the world's largest coffee-processing facility (Kraft Foods), built in 1964. The town is famed for Banbury cakes similar to Eccles cakes but oval in shape. Since July 2000 Banbury has hosted a unique gathering of traditional mock animals, from around the UK, at the annual Banbury Hobby Horse Festival.

The surrounding area is known informally as Banburyshire and covers the north half of the Cherwell district and neighbouring areas. As Banbury lies near the Oxfordshire border, "Banburyshire" includes parts of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

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