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Banbury town, 1991
Scan from paper copy of Banbury, Bicester & Chipping Norton Ordnance Survey Explorer Map Sheet 191 1:25000

This map covers only the northern half of Banbury, so we need to compare it with the 1968 map.
The major change we can see is the construction of the Hardwick estate to the north west, built mainly in the 1970s and expanded further in the 1980s, again to accomodate overspill from slum clearance in Birmingham. The route of the former Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway can still be seen to the south of Hardwick Primary School.
Additionally, the Bretch Hill estate to the west of the town has expanded almost to Withycombe Farm. To the north of the Drayton Road, a new secondary school has been built - the Drayton Secondary School (now North Oxfordshire Academy), which opened in 1973.

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Below is an image showing the view from a back garden in Ruscote Avenue over the land which would become Evenlode in the 1970s. In the background is the route of the old Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway which carried stone from the quarries at Wroxton and Balscote to the depot by the Alcan factory (Northern Aluminium). These gently rolling hills now lie under the Hardwick estate. The red arrow on the map below shows the drection in which the photo was taken.
Reproduced here by kind permission of Alan Baker (click here to view his Photostream on Flickr).


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