Find old Friends and Family in the Banbury AREA

I left a message on your Find Old Friends thread and was contact by someone else who let the person I was looking for know I was concerned about her. She wrote and let me know she was ok.

Little did I know I would be visiting Banbury that very next year and I got to reunite with my good friend Lynda Pamment.
Thank you for your site. It was greatly appreciated.

Brenda Dennison-Youngers (Patterson)

Hello George Downes here. I wrote to you last year regarding my son Steven - well I am pleased to say I have made contact with him - many thanks for putting my letter on your web page - I can't thank you enough !
All the best
G. Downes.

Dear Banbury-Cross Website.
I posted a message on your site that I was looking for A Diane Elizabeth Greenaway. I received an e mail from Diane. She was notified by a friend that I was looking for her. Thanks to your website I am able to chat with a long lost friend.
John Dabars
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

Hi, i have now got the chance to thank you for your letter's & email web page.
Some time ago, I posted a letter on your website asking for information about my birth mother -Susan Rigby- and my sister -Nadine Kent-.
Just two week's after making the post, my sister telephoned me and we are now all happy together again. If it was not for your website we may have never found each other again.
Once again thank you so much.
Wayne Foster

I am happy to say that I located my father, Brian Hilton he is 70 now and still lives in Banbury. I just visited Banbury, and surrounding area for a month, and realized how wonderful it is there, after I have resided in USA for the past 23 years. Needless to say I want to plan another trip home asap. I made more friends in the last month than I have here in 20 + years, hope this will be an inspiration to keep Banbury and surrounding areas, as it is now, and not to keep adding those large unsightly buildings. The canal was awesome, I visited the Mill lot's to have a cuppa, and a flapjack, hope the flooding didn't affect it too badly as the day I left it was spilling into the bus station as I was waiting for my flightlink bus.
Hope some pictures were taken as I didn't get a chance, could someone post if they have them
See you all again soon
Jane Gillen

----- Original Message -----
From: Eira Martin nee Hilliam
Sent: 14 January 2015 18:18
Subject: William Hilliam

My name is Eira Martin nee Hilliam and I live in Toronto Canada. I am collecting information about my grandfather William Hilliam who, with his father, John Hilliam were masons at the end of 1800 hundreds and the begining of the 1900s.

I remember my grandfather taking me to Banbury to show me the statues on the cross of Victoria her son and grandson.This was in 1954. He then told me that he and his father made the statues.

I am looking to find information that verifies this so that I can add this to the family history.I am hoping that you can give me some help in where to find out who worked on these statues.

Thank you for considering my request

Eira Martin nee Hilliam

----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Longman
Sent: 06 January 2015 11:24
Subject: Sam Hayman

I wonder if anyone can help with this enquiry? I'm trying to trace where some relatives of mine lived, somewhere in the Banbury area, during the late 1910s and early/mid 1920s.

They were a family named HAYMAN. The father, Mr Samuel James Rollo Hayman (1891-1966) was a farmer originally from West Somerset. The other family members were his wife Mrs Ethel Elizabeth Burnell Hayman (nee Pollard) and his two children Joan Ann Hayman (born 15 May 1920 in the Banbury Registration District)and George Rollo Hayman (born 4 May 1925, also in the Banbury Registration District).

The family later emigrated to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where Sam Hayman's grandson and wife still live. So far I've not been able to trace precisely where they lived and farmed in North Oxfordshire.

I'd be very grateful for any assistance.

Timothy Longman

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From: Angela Garner
Sent: 30 December 2014 23:59
Subject: Margaret Hart

Hi I am looking for my mothers lost family. She was Margaret Hart and we visited Banbury Cross when I was a young child, she visited her brother, but he didnt want to see her. My mother died when I was seven in 1953. My name now is Angela Garner, but I was Angela Osbourne. My mother married in 1942 in Redhill, Surrey. My father died in 1973 and I am trying to find my mothers family as I dont have any information and cannot find any.

We definitely visited Banbury Cross to see this person who she said was her brother. It was about 1950-1952. Does anyone know of a family with the name of Hart. It would be lovely to find out where she fitted in to this town and family.

Yours sincerely

Angela Garner

----- Original Message -----
From: Zelenia Walker
Sent: 21 December 2014 05:54
Subject: Madelin Phillips

Hello, in the 1974 and 1975 era, Hollis Atkins was stationed at Upper Heyford Air Base. He met a wonderful young lady named Madelin Phillips from Banbury, and a child named Gavin James was born out of this union. He is so desperately searching for any information upon their whereabouts. Please contact me or call, day or night as so much time has passed and we are so trying to find them.

Zelenia Walker

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From:Joanna Brown
Sent: 14 February 2014 12:37
Subject: Gerald Brown

Hello, Would you ask on your website if anyone can help me trace Gerald Brown? Son of Douglas and Roxane and brother to Denis. He will be in his 80s now. He is my father's cousin and I have heard that he has retired to the Banbury area. I am researching our family tree and have very little information about my father's family.

Thank you very much

Joanna Brown

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From:Jane Schofield
Sent: 27 December 2013 19:17
Subject: Maggie Miles

I hope that you may be able to help me - I am trying to find Maggie Miles (partner or husband is Colin) who lived in Brittany, France up to about 2005/6. I know that she moved to Banbury after she left France so I hope that you can help.

Jane Schofield

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From:Carol Anne Pritchard
Sent: 24 April 2013 11:17
Subject: Charlie & Joyce Brown

I wonder if anyone knows of my uncle & aunt, Charlie & Joyce Brown who used to run the Rose & Crown at Banbury Cross which I visited when attending Oxford University in 1967? They had retired and Joyce was living still in Banbury. I do not have any pictures of the pub now.

Many thanks
Carol Anne Pritchard

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From: Joan Challis
Sent: 04 April 2013 16:06
Subject: Fred or Violet Edna Ovenell

I am trying to find out what happened to a Fred Ovenell who was born in 1881 and was the son of Henry Edgar Ovenell and Lavinia Jones. Fred was a jeweller who married an Annie Tyler in 1901 and 2 children were born, John Henry in 1901 and Violet Edna in 1903, after 1906 there is no sign of Fred or Violet Edna.

Annie remarried in 1918 to a Leonard Wareham and says she is a widow. I can't find a death or anything else about Fred or Violet Edna. I have looked at marriages and immigration and deaths and I know Freds uncle Fred died in 1932 but he is the only Fred I can find.

Can anyone help or have any ideas what happened to them?

They are relatives of my husbands, my husbands cousin lives in Cheshire and my husband and I now live in Canada. His cousin keeps saying Fred was in Banbury in the 1940s and 1950s. Her mother would take her to a relative who was a jewller and had a shop in Banbury Cross, bearing in mind her mother was an Ursula Hill and she is married to a Goodwin now. She was named after her mother, Fred Ovenell was the jeweller but maybe the jewellers was run by a relative with surname of Hill?

We are trying to find a death for Fred or Violet Edna Ovenell - they were father and daughter and we are trying to finish our family tree and with the Banbury Cross connection, I thought maybe someone may know as this has been an effort for 12 years now any help would be really appreciated.

Joan Challis

----- Original Message -----
From:Jan Rogers-Johnson
Sent: 15 March 2013 03:14
Subject: Wayne 'Razor' Radcliff

Dear Banbury-Cross, I am searching for an old friend I met while stationed in England in the USAF. He was with the RAF and we worked together as mechanics at RAF Fairford, in 2002-2004.

The last time I saw him he lived in Banbury with his wife and kids. I know he also drove a truck for his other job. His first name is "Wayne" I think his last name was Radcliff but I don't remember. Everyone he works with calls him "Razor".

I lost touch with him after changing station and it would be so great to make contact again. If you know him please contact me.

Jan Rogers-Johnson

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From: Patrica Power
Sent: 14 November 2012 19:39
Subject: Keith Claridge

I wonder if anyone knows Keith Claridge who used to live at 32 Ruscote Avenue. Keith is my hubby Brians' first cousin who we lost contact with many years ago. We know he was working in Saudi Arabia. The last time we saw him was at his Mums funeral and we would love to hear from him - he would be in his 60s now.

Many Thanks
Patrica Power

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From: Sharon Baker
Sent: 26 July 2012 16:05
Subject: Jean, Maggie, Jackie and Josie French

Hi - I am hoping that someone out there can help me trace some friends that lived in Banbury in the 70s/80s. They were the French sisters: Jean, Maggie, Jackie and Josie,I lived with Jean and Maggie on Bretch hill along with Jean’s son and daughter Sharon and Lawrence. Lawrence’s Dad was a USAF guy called Larry and Maggie was engaged to a USAF Security Police guy and a son by him. I did hear that Jean had married and moved to the states. I do not know if any of the other sisters moved abroad to the states too.

I really do hope someone can help as I would love to know how they all are doing, also would love to hear from anyone else who remembers me Sharon Baker. We had some crazy times going to the Upper Heyford dances, strutting our stuff and thinking we were so cool!!!!!

I can be contacted by email at:

Thank you for taking time to read this.

Sharon Baker

----- Original Message -----
From: Byron Hadley
Sent: 13 February 2012 22:58
Subject: Anthony Spencer

I am in the hopes that you can help me, I am trying to locate a relation of mine and so far all other avenues have failed: I am looking for Anthony Spencer the son of Ivy Spencer nee Welch and Edward Spencer, he had an Uncle called Leslie and his Grandparents were Mary and Ellis Welch, they were from Banbury and Mary and Ellis who may have also gone by the name Horace, may have ran a pub in Milton in the second World War,

Anthony would be in his late 70s and I know that Mary his Grandmother passed away in 1950-52. Any information would be appreciated and if anyone could help me locate Anthony that would be great.

My thanks to you
Byron Hadley