Banbury is a market town and civil parish on the River Cherwell in the Cherwell District of Oxfordshire. It is northwest of London, southeast of Birmingham, south of Coventry and north northwest of the county town of Oxford. The urban area, including surrounding parishes, had a population of 46,853 at the 2011 census.
Banbury is a significant commercial and retail centre for the surrounding area, which is predominantly rural. Banbury's main industries are car components, electrical goods, plastics, food processing, and printing. Banbury is home to the world's largest coffee-processing facility (Mondelēz International), built in 1964. The town is famed for Banbury cakes – similar to Eccles cakes but oval in shape. Since July 2000 Banbury has hosted a unique gathering of traditional mock animals, from around the UK, at the annual Banbury Hobby Horse Festival. As the quotation below proves, Banbury's history of manufacturing foodstuffs goes back a long way.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Banbury from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Banbury.