The nursery rhyme 'Ride a Cock Horse' has made Banbury one of the best-kwn towns in England. It is also famed for Banbury cakes and its Cross. Once an important wool trading centre, in 1628 the town was ravaged by fire, which destroyed many buildings, though some have survived to the present day. This superb selection of 200 photographs provides a stalgic insight into the changing history of the town over the last century. Each image is accompanied by a detailed caption, bringing the past to life and describing many aspects of life in the town, including chapters on work, industry, schools, markets and local events - including the annual carnival, College Rag, and funfair - and providing a vital record of vanished vistas and past practices. This book will appeal to everyone with an interest in the history of Banbury, and will also awaken memories of a bygone time for all who kw this part of Oxfordshire.
Marilyn Yurdan has been awarded a Master of Studies in English Local History from the University of Oxford, and has written a large number of books on the history of the county, including The Street Names of Oxford and Oxford in the 1950s & 60s.