Local historians who need to study Banbury during the 19th century have at their disposal a truly wonderful resource. It is called Rusher’s Lists and Directories.
These lists embrace the key officials of the town, details of various fairs, information about stagecoaches and their routes and, above all, identification of village carriers who came to Banbury. Inclusion of the last of these is especially important as the town was their metropolis.
By contrast the focus of the directories was people involved in trades. Amazingly there were 32 bakers and 20 butchers in 1835.