SP4540 : Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross

taken 9 years ago, near to Banbury, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.

Visitors to Banbury might hope to see a medieval market cross but in fact all that is here now is this one, unveiled in 1859. To complement this a bronze horse statue, complete with fine lady rider, was erected in 2005 and unveiled in April of that year by the Princess Royal. The sculptors were Andy Edwards, Julian Jeffery and Carl Payne. The rhyme itself is of obscure origin with different versions over the centuries. The identity of the lady is the subject of much debate.
Banbury Cross

At one time Banbury had many crosses (The High Cross, The Bread Cross and The White Cross), but these were destroyed by Puritans on 26 July 1600. Banbury remained without a cross for more than 250 years until the current Banbury Cross was erected in 1859 at the centre of the town to commemorate the marriage of Victoria, Princess Royal (eldest child of Queen Victoria) to Prince Frederick of Prussia. The current Banbury Cross is a stone, spire-shaped monument decorated in Gothic form. Statues of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V were added in 1914 to commemorate the coronation of George V. The cross is fifty-two feet six inches (16 metres) high, and topped by a gilt cross LinkExternal link.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 March, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 13 March, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 4532 4040 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:3.6080N 1:20.4233W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 4529 4037
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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