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Banbury's latitude and longitude are 52°03'36?N, 1°20'25?W (at Banbury Cross, which is usually considered the centre).

Banbury is located in the Cherwell Valley therefore there are many hills in and around the town. Apart from the town centre much of Banbury is on a slope and each entrance into the town is downhill, estates such as Bretch Hill and Hardwick are built on top of a hill and much of the town can be seen from both. Other hills include Crouch Hill and many others to the east of the town.

Banbury is located at the bank of the River Cherwell, and it sweeps through the town, going just east of the town centre with Grimsbury being the only estate east of the river.

[edit] Churches and Places of Worship

There are many churches in Banbury as well as a mosque. Below is a list of them:

  • St Paul's Church
  • St Mary's Church of England and United Reformed Church
  • Marlborough Road Methodist Church
  • The Salvation Army Church, George Street
  • Grimsbury Baptist Church
  • The People's Church, (formerly known as Baptist Church Centre)
  • St. John's Evangelist, Roman Catholic Church
  • St. Joseph the Worker, Roman Catholic Church
  • Grimsbury Mosque
  • St. Leonards, Anglican
  • The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, (Mormon)

[edit] Parks and Recreational areas

Banbury is a town with many Parks and other recreational areas. Some of these are:

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A map of the areas of Banbury (industrial areas in blue). Hanwell fields North of 1/C. College Fields Proposed to be East and South of 9
A map of the areas of Banbury (industrial areas in blue). Hanwell fields North of 1/C. College Fields Proposed to be East and South of 9

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[edit] Local sport


Banbury has a thriving sporting culture and is home to many teams who play at both local and national levels. Banbury Rugby Union Football Club play at Bodicote Park, in Bodicote. Banbury Cricket Club also has its homeground in Bodicote, at White Post Road Pavillion.


Banbury is also home to a football team known formally as Banbury United F.C. who play at the Spencer Stadium located within Banbury, and informally as The Puritans, a reminder of Banbury's strong historical link to Puritanism. They play in the Southern League Premier Division, one tier below the Conference South and three tiers below full Football League status. Banbury are one of the most northerly teams in this division.


Banbury is home to two thriving Canoe clubs. Banbury & District Canoe Club which is based on the Oxford Canal at Cropredy Wharf is one of England's most successful clubs and was voted "Club of the Year" by the British Canoe Union in 2006. Primarily a competition club, BDCC focuses on flatwater racing (sprint and marathon) and wildwater racing. There is also a strong touring side to the club. The club has a number of past and present international paddlers and national champions at various age groups and the junior section is currently very strong, with a number of potential Olympians for 2012. The club has a robust coaching system and runs regular courses for beginners and for experienced paddlers. Cherwell Canoe Club which caters mainly for canoe polo, playboating and slalom and is based at Woodgreen. It is one of the parties involved in the fight to re-open Woodgreen Swimming Pool. The club's teams play canoe polo in the national leagues.


Banbury Golf Club is situated five miles south of Banbury on the B4100 at Adderbury and under 15 minutes from Junction 10 of the M40. Opened in 1993, it now has 3 separate 9-hole loops.


Re-formed in 1949 Banbury Cricket Club has developed into the leading club side in Oxfordshire, winning the inaugural Home Counties Premier League in 2000.

The club runs several sides of varying age groups and abilities with four Saturday sides. The First XI play in the ECB Home Counties Premier League, the highest standard of club cricket. The Second, Third and Fourth XI play in the Cherwell League competing against other club sides in the county. The club also manages a Sunday side, which competes in ECB National Club Championship, which has seen the club, reach the last 16 in recent years. A midweek side play in the Brackley & District Midweek League a 20 over competition on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.

Banbury Cricket Club also has a comprehensive youth set up coached by qualified coaches including club professional and Director of Cricket, Paul Taylor (Northants & England) offering cricket at under 11, 13, 15, 17 levels. Several of the players from the youth set up have gone on to represent their counties at their age group and the club has now seen a few of these youth players go on to play in the clubs First XI. The club has also been the breeding for some of this talent to go onto play senior county cricket at Minor Counties and First Class level.

Banbury Twenty Club was formed in 1932 by an original twenty members. It is a founder member of the Cherwell Cricket League and still competes in the League's highest division.

The Club run three Saturday sides which compete in Cherwell League Divisions one, four and nine respectively. The club also play in the Brackley & District Midweek League on a Wednesday evening.

The Club runs two youth teams (U13/U15) who compete in Oxfordshire and South Northants competitions and are coached by ECB qualified coaches. The Club's youth policy is proud to have produced players such as Rob Cunliffe who played for the all-conquering Gloucestershire side that won the treble in 2000.

Two other notable names from the Club include Keith Arnold and Mike Wedderburn. Arnold is an Oxfordshire seam bowler and 2nd highest minor counties wicket taker ever, while Sky Sports News presenter Wedderburn used to play county cricket for Hampshire and rugby for Harlequins.

Many of these sporting clubs have close ties with local schools, encouraging children of all abilities to participate. Blessed George Napier RC Secondary School in Banbury was recently granted specialist status as a sports college.

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