Banbury Cross is sold to an American entrepreneur
The local council has today (April 1st) confirmed that the Banbury Cross has been sold to an American entrepreneur for $200’000.
The Banbury Cross has been requiring more and more specialist maintenance by historic monument stonemasons and the council is struggling to meet the costs.
The local council has decided that enough is enough, and the cross will have to be replaced with something that requires little or no maintenance.
It is understood that the modern metal cross that stands in front of the recently demolished multi-story car park will be moved to the roundabout on the Oxford Road to replace the current cross.
A council councillor said, “in a time of austerity and cuts to spending, the council had no choice but to take this very difficult decisions. In generations to come we are sure that people will come to think of the new cross with the same level of affection as the old.”
Although not confirmed, it is believed that the cross could be removed as early as June 2017 before being shipped to Arizona in pieces, before being re-build as a tourist attraction.
Banbury Cross is world famous due to our nursery rhyme:
Ride a cockhorse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.