Victorian urbanisation

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A map of Banbury from about 1838 reveals how little the core street plan has changed since even mediaeval times. It also offers a hint of road development for the area bounded by Bridge Street, the Oxford Canal, Broad Street and Fish Street (George Street).

The story of the early Victorian town is very much one of an urban area on the move.

Although there is a hint of this in George Herbert’s Shoemaker’s Window, stronger evidence has to rely on documents such as an auction schedule for 1841.

 

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