Cherwell District

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Cherwell District

Leave the site travel towards Southam, 6 miles northwest on A423 pull in to the picturesque village on the river Stowe, just for a short time.

Southam

Soak in the countryside scenic views some historic buildings the 1600s manor house and a 14th century St James church. Located along a footpath not far from the church is the Holy Well, the waters of which were said to be medicinal and bathing was said to cure eye diseases and sores. It is said the waters never freeze. In Market Hill there is a small market on Tuesdays.

Southam

Southam

 

Southam Holy Well

Southam Holy Well

 

St James Church

St James Church

 

Continue journey to Banbury traveling 14 miles north on A425 at roundabout 3rd exit A423 continue for 13 miles next roundabout 2nd exit A361 into Banbury town, park and explore.

Banbury

Saxon built on the river Cherwell a small market town in the Cherwell district, it is famed for its Banbury cake and the nursery rhyme ride a cock horse to Banbury cross. The cross can be located in the centre of the town, built in 1859, a gothic style spired shaped monument and yards away a large bronze statue of a Fyne Lady upon a white horse, unveiled in 2005 by Princess Anne. Originally there were three crosses in Banbury, Bread Cross, High Cross and White Cross, but they were taken down in the 1600’s. There are many historical buildings, one being the town hall. Worth a visit is the Tooleys boat yard built in 1790, the oldest working boatyard in Britain, with a 200 year old blacksmith shop. Visit the Castle Quay modern day shopping centre on the oxford canal with a variety of shops and eaters, opposite the Quay stands the Banbury museum.

Banbury Cross

Banbury Cross

 

Lady on a white horse

Fyne Lady Statue

 

Banbury

River Cherwell Banbury

 

Continue and journey to Bicester 18 miles, travel north on the A361, at roundabout 4th exit M40 towards London, leave at junction 10 and take exit A43 at roundabout 3rd exit B4100 into the village.

Bicester

A awesome little village with its medieval historic market centre and 900 year old church, well worth a quick visit before it looses it charm to the fast growing development, a real shame.

Bicester

Bicester

Market End

Market End

St Edburg Church

St Edburg Church