Banbury, a market town and municipal borough in Oxfordshire, near the borders of Northamptonshire, into which it extends. It formerly returned a member to Parliament, but the representation is now merged in a division of the county. The Great Western and London and North-Western Railways have stations here. Its market is supplied by a fertile and prosperous neighbourhood, and there are some local industries, the making of agricultural implements being the chief. The once famous cross has been destroyed, but Banbury cakes are still celebrated. The battle of Edgecott or Banbury was fought close by in 1469, and Edgehill, the scene of the first engagement between Charles I. and the Parliamentary forces, is a few miles distant.