Last week in this column I traced the origins of the Banbury Historical Society: paramount amongst the various influences was a popular course of lectures delivered by Dr E R C Brinkworth entitled New light on Old Banbury.
In the autumn of 1957 the well-known and much respected local historian Dr ERC (Ted) Brinkworth gave a series of talks under the heading ‘New Light on Old Banbury’ run as a university extra-mural class.
A recent news item in the Banbury Guardian concerning the prospect of a hotel with associated spa on the site of the former aluminium works in the Southam Road has considerable significance within the overall history of Banbury.
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.
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.