This is a rather late reminder that we have another summer outing coming up this week. Our last two activities of this 2017-2018 season have a very definitely Banbury flavour.
June 21st Geological tour of Banbury’s Old Buildings meet at 7 pm.
led by Norman Dutton and Brian Little
This tour will take you round the stone used in Banbury’s oldest buildings looking at the detail of the provenance, age and fossil record therein.
Meet at 7pm at the Market Square entrance of the Nat West bank. (No need to book ahead).
July 4th Annual General Meeting at Linden House, 55 The Green, South Bar at 5.30 pm
(by kind invitation of Spratt Endicott solicitors)
We shall be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Banbury Historical Society on this occasion and there may even be cake.
Linden House is one of Banbury’s best 18th century buildings, mentioned in Pevsner, and has been recently renovated by Spratt Endicott.
And don’t forget that the Museum is holding another splendid celebrity lecture at Broughton Castle, on July 12th, when Charles Spencer will be talking about his recent book, To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape’. This is highly recommended: I have heard him give this lecture and it is a tour de force. Hoping for fine weather – the grounds will be open from 5 pm for people to picnic in the gardens and surrounds. The lecture will be at 7 pm, followed by questions and book-signings. The cost is £25 per person and for more information and to book, go to
We have received the following request for help: My name is Catherine Laden and I am organizing a family trip to visit the homeland of our immigrant ancestor, Thomas Mercer (1647/52-1715). I will be returning to the area sometime between Aug 22-26 for a 2nd planning trip and was wondering if there is someone in your organization who could meet with me at that time. We know that Thomas was a Quaker and a hempdresser, so I am interested in learning more about the Quaker movement and the textile industry in Banbury from the 1670s-1690s. We believe he emigrated sometime after 1694 to the Pennsylvania colony in the US.
Since Banbury was both the largest market in the area and the home of the original Quaker meetinghouse, I believe that your organization may have additional information to add to the story.
The society does not provide free research for random enquirers but I have directed her to the society’s published archive and if there are any members out there who have any connections or information they would be willing to share, perhaps you would get in touch with her? (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With best wishes,