Banbury - People Associated With Banbury

People Associated With Banbury

  • Police inspector James Roy Bradley, who was run down and killed by a suspect car at a local police road block in 1967 - the Bretch Hill estate's Bradley Arcade is named after him.
  • John Craven - BBC Countryfile presenter resides in the Banbury area and has often presented Countryfile stories and features from around the area.
  • Jo Joyner grew up in Bloxham and studied at the Warriner School. She is now best known as EastEnders' Tanya Branning.
  • John Brooke-Little was a former officer of arms who lived in Banbury at the end of his life.
  • Anthony Burgess, the celebrated novelist, taught at Banbury Grammar School (now Banbury School) for several years during the 1950s.
  • Benjamin Franklin's grandfather Thomas Franklin is buried in Banbury. According to Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, his grandfather was born in 1598 and he visited Banbury to see his gravestone in 1758.
  • Dermot Gallagher Irish football referee is a current resident.
  • Benjamin Geen was born in Banbury and employed as a staff nurse at the Horton General Hospital. During December 2003 and January 2004, Geen poisoned 17 patients for the thrill of trying to resuscitate them. He was found guilty of two murders and 15 charges of grievous bodily harm in April 2006.
  • Gary Glitter, born Paul Francis Gadd in Banbury, glam rock star and convicted paedophile.
  • Larry Grayson was born in Banbury but grew up in Nuneaton.
  • Richie Hawtin – better known as Plastikman – was born in the town in 1970.
  • Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British physiologist and biophysicist and Nobel Prize winner, was born in Banbury
  • Daniel Neal, Earl of Banbury, Lord High Admiral and First Lord of the Admiralty of England 1646-1660.
  • Lancelot Holland, the admiral who lost his life in HMS Hood in 1941 commanding the fleet which engaged the German battleship, Bismarck, grew up in the Banbury area.
  • Chris Hutchings Former resident and current Ipswich Town coach.
  • The former Prime Minister Lord North was also the MP for Banbury.
  • Gordon Ramsay lived in Banbury for a time, attending local secondary school Drayton and North Oxfordshire Technical College.

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