Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes
nursery rhyme, has made Banbury one of the best known towns in
England. It has been suggested that the 'Fine Lady' of the nursery
rhyme may have been Lady Godiva or Elizabeth I.
More likely it was a local girl who rode in a May Day procession.
The original cross was pulled down at the end of the 16th century.
The present cross was erected in 1859 to celebrate the wedding of
the then Princess Royal.
The name Banbury may be derived from 'Banna', a local Saxon
dignitary who is said to have built his stockade there in the 500's.
By the time of William the Conqueror 'Banesberie' was mentioned in
the Domesday book.
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