Journal         Records Volumes

Our journal, "Cake & Cockhorse"was first published in 1959 and there have been 170 issues since then, with more than 500 articles on the history of Banbury and the surrounding area. The journal, now appearing annually but in full colour, goes free to all members and provides opportunities for our members to share the results of their own researches.

We are in the process of getting these available online Volumes 1 to 15 can be already be accessed online: the index to all the articles (September 1959 – Summer 2013) is on the Banbury Museum site HERE. There you will also find a search facility where you can enter e.g. the name of a pub, a house or a person.

Recent articles have been on such subjects as the Victorian Poor in Neithrop (awarded a prize by the British Association for Local History), the sad life of the second Earl of Downe (whose tomb is in Wroxton church), a Victorian recipe book and the pre-enclosure farming of Somerton.  Cake & Cockhorse is the place to start if you are thinking of researching a particular locality.  It is always good to find out if any previous work has been done..

Cake & Cockhorse is edited by Chris Day, 37 Gaveston Gardens, Hempton Road, Deddington, Oxon OX15 0NX.   He will be delighted to hear of any likely contributions to the journal and will be happy to discuss possible projects and their format.

If anyone would like hard copies of back issues (most of which are available, apart from the 1960s), email Margaret Little who will send these free in return for p&p (invoiced with supply) and a modest donation.

Records volumes

(The full list of records volumes is available here. (The 2014 volume, A Digest of Rusher’s Directory 1832-1906, may still be available online.))

The society has published 35 volumes since 1957, some bedside reading, some reference works ranging from Banbury’s magnificently detailed parish registers to Victorian diaries, and including parish records from Bodicote, Wigginton, South Newington and Kings Sutton along the way. Current members receive a complimentary copy of each new volume as it is published (one per double membership).

Recent volumes can be bought from the Museum shop; earlier volumes still in print can be ordered from Margaret Little  (

The society is always interested to hear from researchers who have new ideas for volumes in the series:  any local historians who have researched local records or archives of any kind are very welcome to suggest these for publication.  Help and advice is available for anyone who has a possible book in mind.

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