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 Drapers 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.

An aerial view of housing on Constitution Hill NNL-171113-151102001

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.

Alf Balls Lyceum advertising seating accommodation for all classes NNL-171013-135059001

Look Back With Little: Banbury Fair survivor helps to keep memories alive

A never to be neglected source of information about Banbury’s past is Alfred Beesley’s History, which was published early in the 19 th century. In particular his footnotes deserve special attention.

The Struggler sought a Market Day exemption because of canal connections. NNL-170926-113156001

LOOK BACK WITH LITTLE: Banbury town centre pubs make their case for market day licence extensions

On March 5, 1947 the Banbury Advertiser, the Guardian’s main rival newspaper, ran a fascinating article on market day licence exemptions. It revealed the importance of these to a large proportion of Banbury’s many public houses but also opened up discussion about anomalies caused by a particular interpretation of market catchment.

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Nostalgia: Five British public safety videos which scarred us as children

In these days of the internet, child safety is more of a concern for parents everywhere.


VIDEO: Astonishing never-seen-before World War Two photos

These astonishing never-seen-before photos snapped a year after VE Day show the apocalyptic devastation across post-war Germany.

The Banbury Presents team provided music and colour at the Old Town Party. Picture by Julian Dancer. NNL-170509-102414001

Banbury’s Old Town comes to life for fiesta and street organ festival

Music and entertainment attracted shoppers on Saturday to the Old Town Summer Fiesta and Street Organs Festival.

Banbury Market in the early years of the 20th century, part of the towns Banburyness NNL-170721-095835001

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’.

A source of travellers fare and a corner news agency add to the character of North Bar NNL-170717-112245001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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