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Book Launch of “Junctions at Banbury: a town and its railways since 1850”
On Thursday 14th September 2017 the Banbury Historical Society will launch the 35th volume in its series of records publications, Junctions at Banbury: a town and its railways since 1850, by Dr. Barrie Trinder. This is a work both of railway history and of local history.  The book originated in the short talk which Barrie gave at the society’s village meeting in Somerton in 2014, which aroused such interest that he thought it worthwhile to put into book form an accumulation of data made over many decades.

The book is lavishly illustrated and has made use of much local material from 19th century local newspapers, the census, timetables, maps, archive photographs, and from the published memoirs of retired railwaymen. Dr Trinder investigates the navvies who built some of the lines in the Banbury region, and the successive generations of railwaymen and railway women who worked in the town. He describes the impact of railways on Banbury’s topography and the opportunities they created for travelling to nearby market towns and to London. The role of the railways in delivering coal and goods for shops and in taking away the products of the town’s manufacturers is discussed in some detail.

Barrie Trinder is an experienced author of works on industrial and urban history, who has been involved for more than half a century with the history of Banbury where he was born and grew up. He wrote Victorian Banbury and his major work, Britain’s Industrial Revolution: the Making of a Manufacturing People was published by Carnegie in 2013.

Collecting copies
Members can pick up their free copies between 6.30 – 7.30 pm on Thursday 14th September, with a glass of wine, before the first lecture of the 2017 – 2018 season starts at 7.30 pm. Books will also be for sale then at the reduced price of £15 (usual price £19.95). Books can then be collected from the Musuem shop until 30th September.   Any books not picked up by then will be posted.




Book signing — 30 Sep 2017

Barrie is going to be signing books at the Museum shop between 10.30am and 12.30 pm on Saturday 30th September.






Banbury Historical Society Student Prize — 2017

In 2016 Banbury Historical Society offered a prize of £100 for the best piece of historical work by a student (15 – 22 years). The research could be on any topic and relate to any period but we wanted it to be broadly local history i.e. based in Banbury and ‘Banburyshire’, the town’s hinterland.

The deadline was the end of April 2017 and we awarded the prize to Greta Scott, 17, a student at Tudor Hall school, who wrote about the local effects of the Civil War in this area. Unfortunately she was away on holiday at the time of our AGM in Swalcliffe Church, as we would have liked our president, Lord Saye & Sele, to have presented her prize to her in person. We wish her well in her future studies.



This took place on Tuesday  11th July 2017 at 5.30pm in the church of St Peter and St Paul, Swalcliffe, (by kind permission of the rector) followed by refreshments in Swalcliffe Barn.


This is scheduled to take place on Thursday  12th July 2018