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Bicester, situated in the North East of the county has a traceable history of over a thousand years and was recorded in the Domesday book. It is a busy market town and now home to Bicester Village - the factory designer outlet shopping village. Like Banbury further North, it is experiencing growth and prosperity from its proximity to the M40 motorway linking London with Birmingham via Oxford.
Oxfam, the famine relief charity has its emergency warehouse near the town which has given its name to one of the British Army's largest Ordnance Depots.
Flora Thompson based her trilogy 'Lark Rise to Candleford' on the area North East of Bicester including the nearby villages of Juniper Hill, Cottisford, Fringford and Hethe.