hmmm - not much to say really that might interest ...
my village has maybe 800 houses but it does have three pubs ...
and several bus stops ...
it was mentioned in the Domesday book so it's been around a long time
we are around 3 miles from the nearest major settlement -
the town we are annexed with is Banbury, which has maybe 45,000 inhabitants
the infamy of Banbury is as such:
the WORST gaol ever recorded in the country, where more people (around 200-300 years ago) died during their sentence than were released --- upon this gaol now stands a Nero's coffee shop
Gary (whoooops) Glitter has family roots here *sigh*
some films have been made locally including three men and a little lady I believe
we used to have the largest cattle market in all of Europe until the beginning of the 90s - it's now a housing development
we used to have 3 crosses in the town, for various reasons, but the puritans dragged them to the ground and one was replaced much later with a stone monument avec Queen Victoria in 1859
we used to have a thriving cloth weaving industry and even had our own cheese (long since lost) but now we have the "Banbury Cake" which is basically an eccles type confection of fruit and pastry
we do have our own nursery rhyme, known by many:
"Ride a **** 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"
I used to think as a child it was crap because it didn't rhyme properly!
John Swift used a tombstone from St Mary's churchyard as inspiration for his book Gulliver's Travels
our most famous recent industry has been in the smelting and extruding of aluminium and the manufacture of corsetery
Banbury town has a massive immigrant population, many West Indians came in the 50s and 60s, followed by Pakistani and Indians in the 60s and 70s and most recently a large influx of Polish in the 00s; we are now, as a town, about 18% Polish ...
Town centre has many many many many
pubs ... probably per capita, more than Newcastle upon Tyne!
we are one of the most inland places in the UK, being bloody miles from the sea
Oxford is just 22 miles to the south, Birmingham 44 miles to the north.
by Motorway we are about 70 miles from London and train takes between 70 & 90 minutes the city.
are you still awake after all that? still alive? Did I bore you to death?
have a nice day xxx