Look Back with Little: Through the Years is a celebration of Banbury

In 1999 the Banbury Guardian embarked on a most significant enterprise. This was to make available a special publication that would take its readers ‘through the years’.

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Look Back with Little: Distinct characteristics of the north-south way through Banbury’s centre

An especially important aspect of Cherwell District Council’s Banbury Conservation Area Appraisal is the identification of what are called ‘Character areas’.

Could Woolworths be set to return to Banbury after former boss makes admission?

Could Woolworths be set to return to Banbury after former boss makes admission?

Retailer collapsed in 2008 after racking up debts of £400m but former boss plans to resurrect brand.

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The Safeway name has been restricted to the USA since Morrisons rebranded UK stores in 2005

Morrisons to revive Safeway brand

Morrisons is reviving the Safeway brand as it looks to branch out from selling to consumers and enter the wholesale market.

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Jackie Miller (Secretary of the Hood Association),  Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks (President of the Hood Association), Darren Gough and councillor Mark Cherry NNL-160410-114855001

Nautical resting place for Banbury’s Admiral Holland pub sign

Quick thinking by a Banbury rail enthusiast has resulted in the sign for the, now closed, Admiral Holland pub being saved and donated to a group preserving artefacts related to the real life Admiral.

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William Whately, Vicar of Banbury and a leading Puritan.

Look Back With Little: Great fire of Banbury

The beginning of September saw the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which occurred in 1666. Banbury also had a disastrous fire a few decades earlier in 1628. In today’s article I will be explaining how much is known about this and what was its impact on the town.

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The top of the High Street in 1839

Looking Back With Little: A public health danger

One of the most important themes in the 19th century is the improvement in public health. This is covered especially well in the Victoria County History of Oxfordshire Vol. X and in William Potts’ book published in 1942 entitled Banbury through a hundred years. This charts the development of the town from the 1830s to the outbreak of the Second World War.

Remember when children used to play outdoors?

10 best outdoor games we used to play that our kids have never heard of

Kids of the 70s, 80s and 90s will remember them well with a nostalgic tear in their eye but here are 10 great outdoor games we used to play that our children have probably never heard of.

The Battle of Britain parade last year

Spitfire flypast will cap Banbury Battle of Britain event

Banbury will commemorate one of the critical campaigns of the Second World War on Sunday as the town remembers the Battle of Britain.

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Kineton Brigade who supported Banbury Fireman at Avon Dassett. Picture taken in 1935. NNL-160830-111001001

LOOK BACK WITH LITTLE: A story of firemen’s bravery

In the light of the expected changes to the local fire service now seems an appropriate time to recall the story of how Avon Dassett’s Post Office was gutted by fire in March of 1935.

Banbury Railway Station. Signal box. NNL-150302-162950009

Urgent funds required to save Banbury’s Signal Box North

Time is running out for Banbury’s historic Signal Box North as a May 9 deadline for funding approaches.

The central lights of the stained glass window in the sanctuary, St John
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LOOK BACK WITH LITTLE: St John’s windows

The Banbury Guardian for March 17 2016 highlighted an appeal for financial support in respect of the stained glass windows at St John’s Roman Catholic Church which are in need of urgent restoration work.

The Prince of Wales was a popular venue for auction sales. NNL-160322-171448001

Changes in Grimsbury

In the Changing Faces of Grimsbury published in 1999, I highlighted late 19th century sales of land and property. These provided valuable windows on the growth of what was still a Northamptonshire settlement.

Joe Herbert's colleagues at Samuelsons'. NNL-161003-093057001

Samuelson memories

In September 1954 the Banbury Advertiser published a fascinating conversation between a man called Joe Herbert and a reporter.

William, first Viscount Saye and Sele, elected High Steward in 1632 NNL-160703-151445001

‘A worthy recipient’

On Tuesday, March 15 history will be made in the Town Hall when Banbury Town Council confers the office of High Steward of the town on Sir Tony Baldry.

S. H. Jones wine shop in about 1920- picture from Barry Daviss personal collection

LOOK BACK WITH LITTLE: A vintage business

In 1996 I raised a glass to Banbury’s long-standing wine merchants 
S H Jones. Fine Wines from odds and ends captioned an article in which I outlined the history of the company from the site on the Horse Fair, which became Church House in 1905.


Growth of our museum

Growth of Banbury Museum

The Red Lion pub, pictured on the right on Banbury's High Street. NNL-160219-131115001

Red Lion’s impact

The Hurst Collection in the Banbury Study Centre is a valuable source of information about many buildings that have featured prominently in the town’s history.

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Map of Banbury castle in relation to the Market Place.  NNL-160902-130137001

Look back with Little: Castle rollercoaster

Towards the end of the 1960s Banbury decided to invest in a new shopping centre complex to be known as the Castle Centre.

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