only when these particular unpleasantnesses (Civil War and civil disaster) ceased that Banbury's buildings could have a clear run at posterity. The Unicorn Inn, built 1648, made it. Most of the rest didn't.
Indeed, the fine medieval church, known locally as Banbury Cathedral, was blown up in 1792 to avoid the repair bill. Banburians seem to have a penchant for tearing things down. And they seem to be quite nice people, really.
The canal came in 1778, linked to the Coventry canal, and the price of coal in the town halved overnight.
Welcome to the nineteenth century.