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Banbury town & Bodicote, 1968
Scan from paper copy of Ordnance Survey One Inch Map Sheet 145.

The 1960s have brought massive growth to Banbury, now designated as an overspill town for North London.
The Timms estate, to the south of the town, has begun to bridge the gap between Banbury and Bodicote.
Between the Bloxham and Broughton Roads we can now see Queensway, Church View and Elizabeth Rise, and the begnnings of the Poets Corner estate (Browning Road & Tennyson Close), built over the old Rifle Range.
To the east, the Bretch Hill and Wood Green estates have expanded, to accomodate more London overspill and families relocating from towns to the north such as Birmingham and Coventry. Ruscote has also grown, and factories have been built along the Southam Road to the north.
There are new schools, notably on Bretch Hill, and now only one railway station.
The former Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway line can still be seen running past the village of Drayton, across the north of Banbury to its depot at the Northern Aluminium factory (later Alcan). This line linked the ironstone quarries at Wroxton and Balscote with Banbury and was removed around 1968.

Below is a map from the very interesting book, "Power, Persistence and Change - A Second Study of Banbury" by Margaret Stacey, Eric Batstone, Colin Bell and Anne Murcott. If you are interested in how Banbury changed during the 1960s I would strongly recommend buyng this book, it is widely available second-hand.

This map shows Banbury in 1966 plus the rateable value of the houses in dfferent areas. The higher this value, the more expensive the house.
From this we can see that the cheapest housing (less than 50) is in the old town centre and in Grimsbury. The Bretch Hill estate in Neithrop and the Easington estate around Springfield Rd falls within the next band, then the Timms Estate along the Oxford Rd, the houses along Queensway and in Ruscote fall within the 100-150 band. The most expensive housing in Banbury at that time (above 150) is along the Bloxham Rd, the Oxford Rd and south of the Broughton Rd.

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