Saturday, 16 August 2014

Banbury Old Town Aug 2014

Our Summer Cruise 2014

Days 51-53 Stopping at Banbury and turning to do Services
3 miles, 2 locks and 2 lift bridges!

Today we waived farewell to our son and granddaughter who caught the Banbury train back to London. We decided to stay on in Banbury and have a walk around the older part of the town. I had already had a walk up to find a Tesco Express and happily the route passed one of Banbury's oldest pubs the Olde Reine Deer!

Banbury Station looking north, with quadrant signalling still in existence

Ye Olde Reine Deer
The Globe Room - used by Oliver Cromwell in the Civil War 1640's, possibly in the trial of captured Royalists

St.Mary's Church from 1797 - magnificent late Georgian with internal Gallery and richly coloured. We had coffee there and an interesting time looking around, particularly at the large stained glass windows of the Miracles
A view of the Bell Tower - completed in 1822

First recorded in 1677 and where a meeting was held to raise money for the construction of the Oxford Canal

As children, we sang the nursery rhyme - here is a statue of the Fine Lady on a White Horse, commissioned by Banbury Tow Council and unveiled by Princes Anne in 2005

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a Fine Lady on a White Horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes

Banbury Cross - completed in 1859 in the Gothic style to commemorate the wedding of Princess Victoria to the Crown Prince of Prussia. The Princess was Queen Victoria's eldest daughter



A day later, heading out of Banbury, filling with water above the Town Lock
We checked the pump out and realised that after a week with guests it was pretty full - so we went down to the winding hole, turned and came back up to the services below the lock for a diy pump out

Chris now heading back up, through the lift bridge

Passing the famous Tooley's Boat Yard and Dry Dock

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