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OxfordshireCoordinates: 52°03′54″N 1°19′19″W / 52.065°N 1.322°W / 52.065; -1.322
Grimsbury is a largely residential area forming the eastern part of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. It is east of the River Cherwell, the Oxford Canal and the Cherwell Valley Line railway.
1.1 Recent Events
2 New Grimsbury
3 Axis and Market Quarter housing estates
4 The former cattle market
5 Overthorpe, Thorp Way and Wildermere Industrial Estates
8 Recreational areas and parks
9 Pubs and bars
11 See also
13 Sources and further reading
Grimsbury was first settled in the 6th century as a Saxon hamlet. and for centuries was a village separate from Banbury. The placename is a corruption of the Saxon name for a defended enclosure (burh) of a person called Grim. It is possible that the name was derived from a pseudonym for the pagan god Woden.
Grimsbury currently includes the town’s Royal Mail sorting offices which were built over the former Banbury Merton Street railway station, Banbury railway station, Banbury United F.C.’s ground and the Victoria Place apartment development.
Local living conditions had improved greatly during the Victorian era with the removal of several poorly built cottages that were deemed to be only “hovels” and an end to the endemic “dwarfism” and rickets that had plagued the local children in the early 19th century. A slightly later development still further east in Grimsbury was of larger houses. A lot of cottages what was called ‘Waterloo’ (today’s Waterloo Road), which apparently lay just east of Banbury Bridge to the north of the road, had transfor