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An Oxfordshire town formerly noted for the number and fervour of its Puritan inhabitants, as for its cakes and cheese.

Banbury cake a flat pastry with a spicy currant filling, originally made in Banbury.

Banbury Cross a market cross in Banbury, referred to in the nursery rhyme, ‘Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, To see a fine lady upon a white horse.’ The original Cross was in fact destroyed at the end of the 16th century.

thin as Banbury cheese very thin; in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597), Slender is addressed as ‘You Banbury cheese’.

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