SP4540 : Ride a cock horse - Banbury, Oxfordshire

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

Ride a cock horse - Banbury, Oxfordshire
Ride a cock horse - Banbury, Oxfordshire
"Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, to see a fine lady....". As to who she was history is silent, but there are a number of possibilities, all of them so far unproven. It has been suggested that it was a part of some Maytime ritual. A public appeal raised the 180,000 cost and it was sculpted in Stoke on Trent, cast in the Welsh village of Llanrhaedr ym Mochnant and a frog stuck on in Birmingham - all the way to Birmingham for a frog? Some have called it "Fine lady on a white elephant", however be that as it may the statue was unveiled by the Princess Royal on 27th April 2005 - actually a pair of Army Cadets did the unveiling so it is said. The group of people in this photo were Geographers in Banbury for a day celebrating the 8th birthday of our Geograph website. Source:BBC Oxford. Time taken 3.42 pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 March, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 20 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Sport, Leisure  Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Birmingham  Banbury  Banbury Cross  Stoke on Trent  Llanrhaedr Ym Mochnant 
Area (from Tags)
Oxfordshire  North Oxfordshire 
Primary Subject of Photo
Statue 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 4529 4036 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:3.5865N 1:20.4498W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 4529 4037
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Princess Royal  Maytime Ritual  Unveiling 

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