Look Back with Little: Not much remains of town’s old livestock market

The Bournemouth Echo for Friday, April 27, 2018 carried the all too familiar caption ‘Livestock market faced with closure’.

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Look back with Little: Show gave a boost to the reputation of Banbury

The year 1937 must surely be remembered because of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

The Original Cake shop in Banbury before demolition NNL-180605-161305001

Look back with Little: Critical moments along the heritage journey

In May of 1968 the highly regarded magazine Country Life published two articles of great interest to Banbury people.

St Mary's bells outside Anthony Beale's shop at 5 South Bar in 1897 on their way to be retuned NNL-180420-151040001

Look Back with Little: An eclectic blend of Victorian enterprise

In 1897 Banbury was the subject of a booklet entitled Views and Reviews. It was published at Brighton and identified the town in terms of ‘zeal, cakes and ale’.

Villagers help clear a path through the deep snow to the Joiner's Arms in Bloxham. Photo courtesy of Betty Walton.

Battling through the great snowfall of 1947

The year 2018 will be remembered for an emotive term quoted by weather forecasters, ‘The Beast from the East’.


Bedford branch of HSBC bank celebrates 125th anniversary

The Bedford branch of HSBC, one of the oldest in the bank’s branch network, is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

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Look Back with Little: Britannia – more than just a place of industry

On May 22, 1851, the Banbury Guardian published a list of local exhibitors responsible for trades and industries represented at the Great Exhibition held at the Crystal Palace that same year.


VIDEO AND PICTURES: Iconic chalk ‘White Lion’ is restored at Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has finished restoration work on the Whipsnade White Lion, a famous chalk image that has overlooked the Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire since 1933.

Some of the Bridge Street buildings appraised before demolition to make way for the shopping centre

LOOK BACK WITH LITTLE: Survey stirs thoughts of life before Castle Quay

In 1996 and 1997 the Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit was invited to appraise buildings in Bridge Street and Mill Lane prior to Banbury town centre redevelopment which resulted in Castle Quay shopping centre.

A large crowd gathered in front of the Town Hall to hear the Mayor read a proclamation

Look Back with Little: When Betjeman wrote in support of Town Hall

Anyone who was a regular reader of the Banbury Guardian in 1963 must surely have been intrigued by an article bearing the name of John Betjeman. This well-known poet was also an authority on Victorian buildings.

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Reminiscence Project with Banbury Museum rebuilds links between people with dementia and their pasts

Last week residents of Bodicote’s Fairholme House finished a two year collaboration with Banbury Museum which took them on personalised journey down memory lane.

The Round Tower built c1750 marks the spot where Charles I raised his standard at Edgehill

LOOK BACK WITH LITTLE: Do you recall when we stepped back to 1642?

The recent publication of Leanda de Lisle’s book White King is both an opportunity to reassess the reign of Charles I and a time to recall a Civil War battle.

The current committee: Julie Hillier, Angie Allen, Priscilla Lange, Mary Rushworth (vice president), Merrill Bayley (president), Janice Kinory (secretary), Linda Needle (treasurer), Catherine Crook and Pauline Brock

The Long Read: 100 years of the Steeple Aston WI

There will be a range of events during 2018 to mark 100 years since the final actions and then the end of the First World War.

Banbury in 1909 NNL-180802-170644001

Look Back with Little: Cautionary tale from an expert visit of 1909

In 1909 members of the Leicestershire Architectural and Archaeological Society visited Broughton Castle and Banbury during the course of their annual excursion.

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Look back with Little: Hall stories highlight community at its best

Back in the early 1940s a survey by the Agricultural Economics Unit of Oxford University revealed a serious lack of public meeting places in the parishes between Banbury and Chipping Norton.

Rewind to the future: cassettes could be the new vinyl

Rewind to the future: cassettes could be the new vinyl

Any music fan will be aware of how vinyl records have become strangely fashionable again, with the retro format enjoying a resurgence as an alternative mp3 downloads and streaming.

North-east view of Calthorpe House by E G Brunton as it was when Thomas Draper purchased it, taken from Eleanor Draper's book NNL-171120-100818001

Look Back With Little: Fascinating account of Calthorpe Manor through time

In his popular nostalgia column, Banbury Guardian’s resident historian Brian Little takes a fascinating look at Calthorpe Manor through the ages.

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Look Back With Little: Terrace tales at heart of Banbury’s Victorian legacy

It is highly likely that Victorian Banbury will best be remembered for a substantial legacy of terraced housing.

Brownie Lay who formed the Premier Players to provide music for the first ever 'blackout' dance NNL-171031-155118001

Look Back With Little: Outbreak of war had an impact on all sides of life in Banbury

In October and November, 1939, an interesting aspect of World War II was the impact it had on every facet of life in Banbury right from the commencement of hostilities.

Alderman Frank Partridge and librarian Tom Muskett at the opening of the Warwick Road Branch Library NNL-171019-131719001

Look Back With Little: From earliest days our libraries offer so much

The month of October has been notable for including National Libraries Week. Today’s article celebrates this fact but also provides an opportunity to explain the diversity of functions performed by our libraries in Banbury.

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