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Oxford
Oxford
(/ˈɒksfərd/ OKS-fərd)[4][5] is a city in the South East region of England
England
and the county town of Oxfordshire. With an estimated 2016 population of 170,350, it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom,[6][7] and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse.[8][9] The city is 51 miles (82 km) from London, 61 miles (98 km) from Bristol, 59 miles (95 km) from Southampton, 57 miles (92 km) from Birmingham
Birmingham
and 24 miles (39 km) from Reading. The city is known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.[10] Buildings in Oxford
Oxford
demonstrate notable examples of every English architectural period since the late Saxon period. Oxford
Oxford
is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold. Oxford
Oxford
has a broad economic base. Its industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses, some being academic offshoots.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Medieval

1.1.1 University of Oxford

1.2 Early Modern

1.2.1 English Civil War

1.3 Late Modern 1.4 20th and 21st centuries

2 Geography

2.1 Physical

2.1.1 Location 2.1.2 Climate

2.2 Human

2.2.1 Suburbs 2.2.2 Green belt

3 Economy

3.1 Car production 3.2 Publishing 3.3 Science and technology 3.4 Education 3.5 Brewing 3.6 Bellfounding

4 Shopping 5 Landmarks

5.1 University of Oxford 5.2 The city centre 5.3 The Bodleian Library 5.4 Museums and galleries 5.5 Other attractions 5.6 Parks and nature walks

6 Transport

6.1 Air 6.2 Buses 6.3 Coach 6.4 Cycling 6.5 Rail 6.6 Rail–airport links 6.7 River and canal 6.8 Roads

6.8.1 A roads 6.8.2 Motorway

7 Education

7.1 Schools 7.2 Universities and colleges

8 Media 9 Culture

9.1 Theatres and cinemas 9.2 Literature and film 9.3 Music

10 Sport

10.1 Football 10.2 Rugby league 10.3 Rugby union 10.4 Speedway and greyhound racing 10.5 Hockey 10.6 Ice hockey 10.7 American football 10.8 Cricket 10.9 Rowing 10.10 Other sports

11 Twin towns 12 Gallery 13 See also 14 References 15 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Oxford See also: Timeline of Oxford Medieval[edit] Oxford
Oxford
was first settled in Anglo-Saxon times and was initially known as "Oxenaforda", meaning "Ford of the Oxen" (according to the English Place-Name Society,[11] who base their result on a passing reference in Florence of Worcester's work Chronicon ex chronicis); fords were more common than bridges at that time.[12] It began with the establishment of a river crossing for oxen around AD 900. In the 10th century, Oxford
Oxford
became an important military frontier town between the kingdoms of Mercia
Mercia
and Wessex
Wessex
and was on several occasions raided by Danes. In 1002, many Danes were killed in Oxford
Oxford
during the England-wide St. Brice's Day massacre, a killing of Danes ordered by King Æthelred the Unready.[13] The skeletons of more than 30 suspected victims were unearthed in 2008 during the course of building work at St John's College, Oxford.[14] The ‘massacre’ was a contributing factor to King Sweyn I of Denmark’s invasion of England in 1003 and the sacking of Oxford
Oxford
by the Danes in 1004.[15] Oxford
Oxford
was heavily damaged during the Norman Invasion of 1066. Following the conquest, the town was assigned to a governor, Robert D'Oyly, who ordered the construction of Oxford Castle
Oxford Castle
to confirm Norman authority over the area. The castle has never been used for military purposes[dubious – discuss] and its remains survive to this day. D'Oyly set up a monastic community in the castle consisting of a chapel and living quarters for monks (St George in the Castle). The community never grew large but it earned its place in history as one of Britain's oldest places of formal education. It was there that in 1139 Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote his History of the Kings of Britain, a compilation of Arthurian legends.[16] In 1191, a city charter stated in Latin,[17]

"Be it known to all those present and future that we, the citizens of Oxford
Oxford
of the Commune of the City and of the Merchant Guild have given, and by this, our present charter, confirm the donation of the island of Midney with all those things pertaining to it, to the Church of St. Mary at Oseney and to the canons serving God in that place. "Since, every year, at Michaelmas the said canons render half a mark of silver for their tenure at the time when we have ordered it as witnesses the legal deed of our ancestors which they made concerning the gift of this same island; and besides, because we have undertaken on our own part and on behalf of our heirs to guarantee the aforesaid island to the same canons wheresoever and against all men; they themselves, by this guarantee, will pay to us and our heirs each year at Easter another half mark which we have demanded; and we and our heirs faithfully will guarantee the aforesaid tenement to them for the service of the aforesaid mark annually for all matters and all services. "We have made this concession and confirmation in the Common council of the City and we have confirmed it with our common seal. These are those who have made this concession and confirmation." (There follows a list of witnesses, ending with the phrase, "... and all the Commune of the City of Oxford.")

Oxford's prestige was enhanced by its charter granted by King Henry II, granting its citizens the same privileges and exemptions as those enjoyed by the capital of the kingdom; and various important religious houses were founded in or near the city. A grandson of King John established Rewley Abbey for the Cistercian
Cistercian
Order; and friars of various orders (Dominicans, Franciscans, Carmelites, Augustinians and Trinitarians) all had houses of varying importance at Oxford. Parliaments were often held in the city during the 13th century. The Provisions of Oxford were instigated by a group of barons led by Simon de Montfort; these documents are often regarded as England's first written constitution. Richard I of England
England
(reigned 6 July 1189 – 6 April 1199) and John, King of England
England
(reigned 6 April 1199 – 19 October 1216) the sons of Henry II of England, were both born at Beaumont Palace
Beaumont Palace
in Oxford, on 8 September 1157 and 24 December 1166 respectively. A plaque in Beaumont Street commemorates these events.[18] University of Oxford[edit] The University of Oxford
University of Oxford
is first mentioned in 12th century records. Of the hundreds of Aularian
Aularian
houses that sprang up across the city, only St Edmund Hall
St Edmund Hall
(c. 1225) remains. What put an end to the halls was the emergence of colleges. Oxford's earliest colleges were University College (1249), Balliol (1263) and Merton (1264). These colleges were established at a time when Europeans were starting to translate the writings of Greek philosophers. These writings challenged European ideology, inspiring scientific discoveries and advancements in the arts, as society began to see itself in a new way. These colleges at Oxford
Oxford
were supported by the Church in the hope of reconciling Greek philosophy
Greek philosophy
and Christian theology. The relationship between "town and gown" has often been uneasy – as many as 93 students and townspeople were killed in the St Scholastica Day Riot of 1355. The sweating sickness epidemic in 1517 was particularly devastating to Oxford
Oxford
and Cambridge
Cambridge
where it killed half of both cities' populations, including many students and dons.[19] Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
is unique in combining a college chapel and a cathedral in one foundation. Originally the Priory Church of St Frideswide, the building was extended and incorporated into the structure of the Cardinal's College shortly before its refounding as Christ Church in 1546, since when it has functioned as the cathedral of the Diocese
Diocese
of Oxford. The Oxford Martyrs
Oxford Martyrs
were tried for heresy in 1555 and subsequently burnt at the stake, on what is now Broad Street, for their religious beliefs and teachings. The three martyrs were the bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, and the archbishop Thomas Cranmer.[20] The Martyrs' Memorial
Martyrs' Memorial
stands nearby, round the corner to the North on St. Giles. Early Modern[edit] English Civil War[edit] During the English Civil War, Oxford
Oxford
housed the court of Charles I in 1642, after the king was expelled from London, although there was strong support in the town for the Parliamentarian cause. The town yielded to Parliamentarian forces under General Fairfax in the Siege of Oxford
Oxford
of 1646. It later housed the court of Charles II during the Great Plague of London
London
in 1665–66. Although reluctant to do so, he was forced to evacuate when the plague got too close. The city suffered two serious fires in 1644 and 1671.[21] Late Modern[edit]

The Radcliffe Camera, completed in 1748

In 1790, the Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal
connected the city with Coventry. The Duke's Cut was completed by the Duke of Marlborough in 1789 to link the new canal with the River Thames; and, in 1796, the Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal
company built its own link to the Thames, at Isis Lock. In 1844, the Great Western Railway linked Oxford
Oxford
with London
London
via Didcot
Didcot
and Reading,[22][23] and other rail routes soon followed. In the 19th century, the controversy surrounding the Oxford
Oxford
Movement in the Anglican Church drew attention to the city as a focus of theological thought. A permanent military presence was established in the city with the completion of Cowley Barracks
Cowley Barracks
in 1876.[24] Local government in Oxford
Oxford
was reformed by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, and the boundaries of the borough were extended to include a small area east of the River Cherwell. The boundaries were further extended in 1889 to add the areas of Grandpont
Grandpont
and New Hinksey, south of the Thames, which were transferred from Berkshire
Berkshire
to Oxfordshire. At the same time Summertown and the western part of Cowley were also added to the borough. In 1890 Oxford
Oxford
became a county borough.[25]

Royal proclamation granting Lord Mayoralty to Oxford.

Photochrom
Photochrom
of the High Street, 1890–1900

Oxford Town Hall
Oxford Town Hall
was built by Henry T. Hare; the foundation stone was laid on 6 July 1893 and opened by the future King Edward VII on 12 May 1897. The site has been the seat of local government since the Guild Hall of 1292 and though Oxford
Oxford
is a city and a Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
alty, the building is still called by its traditional name of "Town Hall". 20th and 21st centuries[edit]

Aerial view of Oxford
Oxford
city centre

During the First World War, the population of Oxford
Oxford
changed. The number of University members was significantly reduced as students, fellows and staff enlisted. Some of their places in college accommodation were taken by soldiers in training. Another reminder of the ongoing war was found in the influx of wounded and disabled soldiers, who were treated in new hospitals housed in University buildings including the Examination School, Town Hall
Town Hall
and Somerville College.[26] By the early 20th century, Oxford
Oxford
was experiencing rapid industrial and population growth, with the printing and publishing industries becoming well established by the 1920s. In 1929 the boundaries of the city were extended to include the suburbs of Headington, Cowley and Iffley
Iffley
to the east, and Wolvercote
Wolvercote
to the north.[25] Also during the 1920s, the economy and society of Oxford
Oxford
underwent a huge transformation as William Morris established Morris Motors Limited to mass-produce cars in Cowley, on the south-eastern edge of the city. By the early 1970s over 20,000 people worked in Cowley at the huge Morris Motors
Morris Motors
and Pressed Steel Fisher
Pressed Steel Fisher
plants. By this time, Oxford
Oxford
was a city of two halves: the university city to the west of Magdalen Bridge
Magdalen Bridge
and the car town to the east. This led to the witticism that " Oxford
Oxford
is the left bank of Cowley". Cowley suffered major job losses in the 1980s and 1990s during the decline of British Leyland, but is now producing the successful Mini for BMW
BMW
on a smaller site. A large area of the original car manufacturing facility at Cowley was demolished in the 1990s, and is now the site of the Oxford Business Park.[27] During the Second World War, Oxford
Oxford
was largely ignored by the German air raids during the Blitz, perhaps due to the lack of heavy industry such as steelworks or shipbuilding that would have made it a target, although it was still affected by the rationing and influx of refugees fleeing London
London
and other cities.[28] The university's colleges served as temporary military barracks and training areas for soldiers before deployment.[29] On 6 May 1954, Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old medical student, ran the first authenticated sub-four-minute mile at the Iffley
Iffley
Road running track in Oxford. Although he had previously studied at Oxford University, Bannister was studying at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London
London
at the time.[30] Oxford's second university, Oxford
Oxford
Brookes University, formerly the Oxford
Oxford
School of Art, then Oxford
Oxford
Polytechnic, based at Headington Hill, was given its charter in 1991 and for the last ten years has been voted the best new university in the UK.[31] It was named to honour the school's founding principal, John Henry Brookes. The influx of migrant labour to the car plants and hospitals, recent immigration from south Asia, and a large student population, have given Oxford
Oxford
a notably cosmopolitan character, especially in the Headington
Headington
and Cowley Road
Cowley Road
areas with their many bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs, ethnic shops and fast food outlets and the annual Cowley Road
Cowley Road
Carnival. Oxford
Oxford
is one of the most diverse small cities in Britain: the most recent population estimates for 2005[32] showed that 27% of the population were from ethnic minority groups, including 16.2% from non-white ethnic minority ethnic groups (ONS). These figures do not take into account more recent international migration into the city; more than 10,000 people from overseas have registered for National Insurance Numbers in Oxford
Oxford
in 2005/06 and 2006/07.[33] Geography[edit] Physical[edit] Location[edit] Oxford's latitude and longitude are 51°45′07″N 1°15′28″W / 51.75194°N 1.25778°W / 51.75194; -1.25778Coordinates: 51°45′07″N 1°15′28″W / 51.75194°N 1.25778°W / 51.75194; -1.25778 or grid reference SP513061 (at Carfax Tower, which is usually considered the centre). Oxford
Oxford
is 24 miles (39 km) north-west of Reading, 26 miles (42 km) north-east of Swindon, 36 miles (58 km) east of Cheltenham
Cheltenham
and 43 miles (69 km) east of Gloucester, 29 miles (47 km) south-west of Milton Keynes, 38 miles (61 km) south-east of Evesham, 43 miles (69 km) south of Rugby and 51 miles (82 km) west-north-west of London. The rivers Cherwell and Thames (also sometimes known as the Isis locally from the Latinized name Thamesis) run through Oxford
Oxford
and meet south of the city centre.

Destinations from Oxford

Worcester Banbury Bicester, Milton Keynes

Witney, Cheltenham

Oxford

High Wycombe, Aylesbury

Wantage, Swindon Abingdon, Didcot, Newbury, Reading Slough, Windsor

Climate[edit] Oxford
Oxford
has a maritime temperate climate ("Cfb" by the Köppen system). Precipitation
Precipitation
is uniformly distributed throughout the year and is provided mostly by weather systems that arrive from the Atlantic. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Oxford
Oxford
was −16.6 °C (2.1 °F) in January 1982. The highest temperature ever recorded in Oxford
Oxford
is 35.6 °C (96 °F) in August 2003 during the 2003 European heat wave. Oxford's climate is similar to that of Pershore, Worcestershire.[34] The average conditions below are from the Radcliffe Meteorological Station. It boasts the longest series of temperature and rainfall records for one site in Britain. These records are continuous from January 1815. Irregular observations of rainfall, cloud and temperature exist from 1767.[35]

Climate data for Oxford, elevation: 61m (1981–2010) Extremes (1900–present)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 14.7 (58.5) 18.5 (65.3) 22.2 (72) 27.6 (81.7) 30.6 (87.1) 34.3 (93.7) 34.8 (94.6) 35.6 (96.1) 33.4 (92.1) 28.9 (84) 18.9 (66) 15.9 (60.6) 35.6 (96.1)

Average high °C (°F) 7.6 (45.7) 8.0 (46.4) 10.9 (51.6) 13.6 (56.5) 17.1 (62.8) 20.3 (68.5) 22.7 (72.9) 22.3 (72.1) 19.1 (66.4) 14.8 (58.6) 10.5 (50.9) 7.7 (45.9) 14.6 (58.3)

Daily mean °C (°F) 4.9 (40.8) 4.9 (40.8) 7.3 (45.1) 9.3 (48.7) 12.5 (54.5) 15.6 (60.1) 17.9 (64.2) 17.6 (63.7) 14.9 (58.8) 11.3 (52.3) 7.6 (45.7) 5.0 (41) 10.7 (51.3)

Average low °C (°F) 2.1 (35.8) 1.8 (35.2) 3.7 (38.7) 5.0 (41) 7.9 (46.2) 10.9 (51.6) 13.0 (55.4) 12.9 (55.2) 10.7 (51.3) 7.8 (46) 4.6 (40.3) 2.3 (36.1) 6.9 (44.4)

Record low °C (°F) −16.6 (2.1) −16.1 (3) −11.1 (12) −4.6 (23.7) −1.7 (28.9) 1.7 (35.1) 4.4 (39.9) 4.5 (40.1) −0.4 (31.3) −4.0 (24.8) −8.8 (16.2) −16.1 (3) −16.6 (2.1)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 56.6 (2.228) 42.5 (1.673) 47.6 (1.874) 49.1 (1.933) 57.1 (2.248) 48.0 (1.89) 48.9 (1.925) 56.5 (2.224) 54.1 (2.13) 69.6 (2.74) 66.1 (2.602) 63.1 (2.484) 659.7 (25.972)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 11.5 8.9 10.1 9.1 9.7 8.0 7.9 8.1 9.1 10.9 11.3 10.9 115.5

Mean monthly sunshine hours 62.5 78.9 111.2 160.9 192.9 191.0 207.0 196.5 141.2 111.3 70.7 53.8 1,577.9

Source #1: Met Office[36][37]

Source #2: KNMI[38]

Human[edit] Suburbs[edit]

Aside from the city centre, there are several suburbs and neighbourhoods within the borders of city of Oxford, including:

Blackbird Leys Cowley

Temple Cowley

Iffley

Littlemore Rose Hill

Cutteslowe Headington

New Marston

Jericho North Oxford

Park Town Norham Manor Walton Manor

Osney Summertown

Sunnymead Waterways

Wolvercote

Suburbs and neighbourhoods outside the city boundaries include:

Botley Cumnor Hill Dean Court North Hinksey

Green belt[edit] Main article: Oxford
Oxford
Green Belt Oxford
Oxford
is at the centre of the Oxford
Oxford
Green Belt, which is an environmental and planning policy that regulates the rural space in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
surrounding the city to prevent urban sprawl and minimize convergence with nearby settlements.[39] The vast majority of area covered is outside the city, but there are some green spaces within that are covered by the designation such as much of the Thames and Cherwell river flood-meadows, Port Meadow, and the village of Binsey, along with several smaller portions on the fringes. Other landscape features and places of interest covered include Cutteslowe
Cutteslowe
Park and the mini railway attraction, the University Parks, Hogacre Common Eco Park, numerous sports grounds, Aston's Eyot, St Margaret's Church and well, and Wolvercote
Wolvercote
Common and community orchard.[40] Economy[edit] Oxford
Oxford
has a diverse economy, which includes manufacturing, publishing and science-based industries as well as education, research and tourism. Car production[edit] Oxford
Oxford
has been an important centre of motor manufacturing since Morris Motors
Morris Motors
was established in the city in 1910. The principal production site for Mini cars, now owned by BMW, is in the Oxford suburb of Cowley. Publishing[edit] Oxford University
Oxford University
Press, a department of the University of Oxford, is based in the city, although it no longer operates its own paper mill and printing house. The city is also home to the UK operations of Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier
Elsevier
and several smaller publishing houses. Science and technology[edit] The presence of the university has given rise to many science and technology based businesses, including Oxford
Oxford
Instruments, Research Machines and Sophos. The university established Isis Innovation in 1987 to promote technology transfer. The Oxford Science Park
Oxford Science Park
was established in 1990, and the Begbroke Science Park, owned by the university, lies north of the city. Oxford
Oxford
increasingly has a reputation for being a centre of digital innovation, as epitomized by Digital Oxford.[41] Several startups including Passle,[42] Brainomix,[43] Labstep,[44] and more, are based in Oxford. Education[edit] The presence of the university has also led to Oxford
Oxford
becoming a centre for the education industry. Companies often draw their teaching staff from the pool of Oxford University
Oxford University
students and graduates, and, especially for EFL education, use their Oxford
Oxford
location as a selling point.[45] Brewing[edit] There is a long history of brewing in Oxford. Several of the colleges had private breweries, one of which, at Brasenose, survived until 1889. In the 16th century brewing and malting appear to have been the most popular trades in the city. There were breweries in Brewer Street and Paradise Street, near the Castle Mill Stream. The rapid expansion of Oxford
Oxford
and the development of its railway links after the 1840s facilitated expansion of the brewing trade.[46] As well as expanding the market for Oxford's brewers, railways enabled brewers further from the city to compete for a share of its market.[46] By 1874 there were nine breweries in Oxford
Oxford
and 13 brewers' agents in Oxford
Oxford
shipping beer in from elsewhere.[46] The nine breweries were: Flowers & Co in Cowley Road, Hall's St Giles Brewery, Hall's Swan Brewery (see below), Hanley's City Brewery in Queen Street, Le Mills's Brewery in St. Ebbes, Morrell's Lion Brewery in St Thomas Street (see below), Simonds's Brewery in Queen Street, Weaving's Eagle Brewery (by 1869 the Eagle Steam Brewery) in Park End Street and Wootten and Cole's St. Clement's Brewery.[46] The Swan's Nest Brewery, later the Swan Brewery, was established by the early 18th century in Paradise Street, and in 1795 was acquired by William Hall.[47] The brewery became known as Hall's Oxford
Oxford
Brewery, which acquired other local breweries. Hall's Brewery was acquired by Samuel Allsopp & Sons in 1926, after which it ceased brewing in Oxford.[48] Morrell's was founded in 1743 by Richard Tawney. He formed a partnership in 1782 with Mark and James Morrell, who eventually became the owners.[49] After an acrimonious family dispute this much-loved brewery was closed in 1998,[50] the beer brand names being taken over by the Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy
Burtonwood brewery,[51] while the 132 tied pubs were bought by Michael Cannon, owner of the American hamburger chain Fuddruckers, through a new company, Morrells of Oxford.[52] The new owners sold most of the pubs on to Greene King
Greene King
in 2002.[53] The Lion Brewery was converted into luxury apartments in 2002.[54] Bellfounding[edit] The Taylor family of Loughborough
Loughborough
had a bell-foundry in Oxford
Oxford
between 1786 and 1854.[55] Shopping[edit]

Broad Street Clarendon Shopping Centre Cornmarket Street George Street Golden Cross The High Street Little Clarendon Street Queen Street, Oxford The Covered Market Turl Street Westgate Shopping Centre Gloucester
Gloucester
Green Cowley Road

Outside the city centre:

Banbury
Banbury
Road, Summertown, Oxford Botley Road, Oxford Cowley Retail Park, Cowley, Oxford Cowley Road, Oxford Iffley
Iffley
Road, Oxford London
London
Road, Headington, Oxford North Parade, Oxford St Clement's, Oxford Templars Square shopping centre, Cowley, Oxford Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford New Botley

Landmarks[edit]

The spires of Oxford
Oxford
facing Christ Church to the south (Christ Church Cathedral on the left and Tom Tower
Tom Tower
on the right)

Oxford
Oxford
has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the university and colleges. As well as several famous institutions, the town centre is home to Carfax Tower
Carfax Tower
and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, both of which offer views over the spires of the city. Many tourists shop at the historic Covered Market. In the summer punting on the Thames/Isis and the Cherwell is popular.

Darbishire quad, Somerville College

View from Carfax Tower

Blackwell's Bookshop

The Divinity School at the Bodleian Library

The Ashmolean Museum

Oxford University
Oxford University
Museum of Natural History

University of Oxford[edit] Main article: University of Oxford The University of Oxford
University of Oxford
is the oldest university in the English-speaking world[56] and one of the most famous and prestigious higher education institutions of the world, averaging nine applications to every available place, and attracting 40% of its academic staff and 17% of undergraduates from overseas.[57] It is currently ranked as the world's number one university, according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[58] Oxford
Oxford
is renowned for its tutorial-based method of teaching, with students attending an average of one one-hour tutorial a week.[57] The city centre[edit] As well as being a major draw for tourists (9.1 million in 2008, similar in 2009),[59] Oxford
Oxford
city centre has many shops, several theatres and an ice rink. The historic buildings make this location a popular target for film and TV crews. The city centre is relatively small, and is centred on Carfax, a cross-roads which forms the junction of Cornmarket Street (pedestrianized), Queen Street (semi-pedestrianized), St Aldate's and the High. Cornmarket Street
Cornmarket Street
and Queen Street are home to Oxford's various chain stores, as well as a small number of independent retailers, one of the longest established of which is Boswell's, which was founded in 1738.[60] St Aldate's has few shops but has several local government buildings, including the town hall, the city police station and local council offices. The High (the word street is traditionally omitted) is the longest of the four streets and has a number of independent and high-end chain stores, but mostly university and college buildings. There are two small shopping centres in the city centre: The Clarendon Centre[61] and the Westgate Centre.[62] The Westgate Centre is named for the original West Gate in the city wall, and is located at the west end of Queen Street. The Westgate Shopping Centre underwent a major redevelopment and expansion to 750,000 sq ft (70,000 m2), with a new 230,000 sq ft (21,000 m2) John Lewis department store and a number of new homes. It opened in October 2017. Blackwell's Bookshop is a large bookshop which claims the largest single room devoted to book sales in the whole of Europe, the cavernous Norrington Room (10,000 sq ft).[63] The Bodleian Library[edit] See also: Category:Libraries of the University of Oxford The University of Oxford
University of Oxford
maintains the largest university library system in the UK,[64] and, with over 11 million volumes housed on 120 miles (190 km) of shelving, the Bodleian group is the second-largest library in the UK, after the British Library. The Bodleian is a legal deposit library, which means that it is entitled to request a free copy of every book published in the UK. As such, its collection is growing at a rate of over three miles (five kilometres) of shelving every year.[65] Visitors can take a guided tour of the Old Bodleian Library
Bodleian Library
to see inside its historic rooms, including the 15th-century Divinity School, medieval Duke Humfrey's Library, and the Radcliffe Camera. The Weston Library was redeveloped and reopened in 2015, with a new shop, cafe and exhibition galleries for visitors.[66] Museums and galleries[edit] See also: Category:Museums of the University of Oxford Oxford
Oxford
is home to many museums, galleries, and collections, most of which are free of admission charges and are major tourist attractions. The majority are departments of the University of Oxford. The first of these to be established was the Ashmolean Museum, the world's first university museum,[67] and the oldest museum in the UK.[68] Its first building was erected in 1678–1683 to house a cabinet of curiosities given to the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
in 1677. The museum reopened in 2009 after a major redevelopment. It holds significant collections of art and archaeology, including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Turner, and Picasso, as well as treasures such as the Scorpion Macehead, the Parian Marble and the Alfred Jewel. It also contains "The Messiah", a pristine Stradivarius violin, regarded by some as one of the finest examples in existence.[69] The University Museum of Natural History holds the University's zoological, entomological and geological specimens. It is housed in a large neo-Gothic building on Parks Road, in the University's Science Area.[70][71] Among its collection are the skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus
Tyrannosaurus
rex and Triceratops, and the most complete remains of a dodo found anywhere in the world. It also hosts the Simonyi Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science, currently held by Marcus du Sautoy. Adjoining the Museum of Natural History is the Pitt Rivers Museum, founded in 1884, which displays the University's archaeological and anthropological collections, currently holding over 500,000 items. It recently built a new research annexe; its staff have been involved with the teaching of anthropology at Oxford
Oxford
since its foundation, when as part of his donation General Augustus Pitt Rivers
Augustus Pitt Rivers
stipulated that the University establish a lectureship in anthropology.[72] The Museum of the History of Science is housed on Broad St in the world's oldest-surviving purpose-built museum building.[73] It contains 15,000 artefacts, from antiquity to the 20th century, representing almost all aspects of the history of science. In the University's Faculty of Music on St Aldate's is the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, a collection mostly of instruments from Western classical music, from the medieval period onwards. Christ Church Picture Gallery holds a collection of over 200 old master paintings. The University also has an archive at the Oxford
Oxford
University Press Museum.[74] Other museums and galleries in Oxford
Oxford
include Modern Art Oxford, the Museum of Oxford, the Oxford
Oxford
Castle, and The Story Museum.[75]

Ashmolean Entrance March 2015

Galleries at the Museum of Natural History

Museum of the History of Science

The Pitt Rivers Museum

Ashmolean Museum
Ashmolean Museum
renovated central atrium

Other attractions[edit]

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford The Headington
Headington
Shark Oxford University
Oxford University
Press Oxford
Oxford
Botanic Garden Sheldonian Theatre St. Mary the Virgin Church Radcliffe Observatory Oxford
Oxford
Oratory Malmaison Hotel, located in a converted prison in part of the medieval Oxford
Oxford
Castle

Oxford
Oxford
Botanic Garden

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Sheldonian Theatre

The University Church of St Mary the Virgin

The Headington
Headington
Shark

Oxford
Oxford
Malmaison Hotel

Parks and nature walks[edit] Oxford
Oxford
is a very green city, with several parks and nature walks within the ring road, as well as several sites just outside the ring road. In total, 28 nature reserves exist within or just outside Oxford ring road, including:

University Parks Mesopotamia Rock Edge Nature Reserve Lye Valley South Park C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis
Nature Reserve Shotover
Shotover
Nature Reserve Port Meadow Cutteslowe
Cutteslowe
Park

Transport[edit] Air[edit]

The air traffic control tower at Oxford
Oxford
Airport

In addition to the larger airports in the region, Oxford
Oxford
is served by nearby Oxford
Oxford
Airport, in Kidlington. The airport is also home to Oxford
Oxford
Aviation Academy, an airline pilot flight training centre, and several private jet companies. Buses[edit]

Oxford Bus Company
Oxford Bus Company
hybrid bus on a park & ride service

Bus services in Oxford
Oxford
and its suburbs are run by the Oxford
Oxford
Bus Company and Stagecoach Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
as well as other operators including Arriva Shires & Essex and Thames Travel. Arriva Shires & Essex operates Sapphire route 280 to Aylesbury
Aylesbury
via Wheatley, Thame
Thame
and Haddenham seven days a week, at a frequency of up to every 20 minutes.[76] The new Sapphire buses have three-pin power sockets, leather seats and free, onboard Wi-Fi.[77] Oxford
Oxford
has five park and ride car parks with frequent bus links to the city centre:

Pear Tree (bus 300) Redbridge (bus 300) Seacourt
Seacourt
(bus 400) Thornhill (bus 400) Water Eaton (bus 500)

There are also bus services to the John Radcliffe Hospital
John Radcliffe Hospital
(from Thornhill and Water Eaton) and to the Churchill and Nuffield Hospitals (from Thornhill). As of 2015[update], Oxford
Oxford
has one of the largest urban park and ride networks in the UK. Its five sites have a combined capacity of 4,930 car parking spaces,[78] served by 20 Oxford
Oxford
Bus Company double deck buses with a combined capacity of 1,695 seats.[79] By comparison, York park and ride
York park and ride
has six sites with a combined total of 4,970 parking spaces[80] served by 35 First York
First York
buses, but they are single deckers with a combined capacity of 1,548 seats.[81]

Oxford Bus Company
Oxford Bus Company
flywheel energy storage bus on a BrookesBus service

More than 58% of Oxford Bus Company
Oxford Bus Company
customers use the ITSO Ltd smartcard.[82] In November 2014 almost all Oxford Bus Company
Oxford Bus Company
buses within the Oxford SmartZone area have free WiFi installed.[83][84][85] Hybrid buses, which use battery power with a small diesel generator, began to be used in Oxford
Oxford
on 15 July 2010, on Stagecoach Oxfordshire's Route 1 (City centre – Cowley – Blackbird Leys). Both Stagecoach and Oxford Bus Company
Oxford Bus Company
now operate numerous hybrid buses in the city.[86] In 2014 Oxford
Oxford
Bus introduced a fleet of 20 new buses with flywheel energy storage (FES) on the services it operates under contract for Brookes University.[87] Whereas electric hybrids use battery storage and an electric motor to save fuel, FES uses a high-speed flywheel. Coach[edit] The Oxford
Oxford
to London
London
coach route offers a frequent coach service to London. The X90 Oxford- London
London
service is operated by the Oxford
Oxford
Bus Company, whilst the Oxford
Oxford
Tube is operated by Stagecoach Oxfordshire. The Oxford Bus Company
Oxford Bus Company
also runs the Airline services to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. There is a bus station at Gloucester
Gloucester
Green, used mainly by the London and airport buses, National Express coaches and other long-distance buses including route X5 to Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
and Cambridge
Cambridge
and Stagecoach Gold routes S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S8 and S9. Cycling[edit] Among UK cities, Oxford
Oxford
has the second highest percentage of people cycling to work.[88] Rail[edit]

Oxford
Oxford
railway station

In 1844, the Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
linked Oxford
Oxford
with London Paddington via Didcot
Didcot
and Reading;[22][23] in 1851, the London
London
and North Western Railway opened its own route from Oxford
Oxford
to London Euston, via Bicester, Bletchley and Watford;[89] and in 1864 a third route, also to Paddington, running via Thame, High Wycombe
High Wycombe
and Maidenhead, was provided;[90] this was shortened in 1906 by the opening of a direct route between High Wycombe
High Wycombe
and London
London
Paddington by way of Denham.[91] The distance from Oxford
Oxford
to London
London
was 78 miles (125.5 km) via Bletchley; 63.5 miles (102.2 km) via Didcot and Reading; 63.25 miles (101.8 km) via Thame
Thame
and Maidenhead;[92] and 55.75 miles (89.7 km) via Denham.[91] Only the original (Didcot) route is still in use for its full length, portions of the others remain. There were also routes to the north and west. The line to Banbury
Banbury
was opened in 1850,[93] and was extended to Birmingham
Birmingham
Snow Hill in 1852;[94] a route to Worcester
Worcester
opened in 1853.[95] A branch to Witney was opened in 1862,[96] which was extended to Fairford in 1873.[97] The line to Witney
Witney
and Fairford closed in 1962, but the others remain open. Oxford
Oxford
has had three main railway stations. The first was opened at Grandpont
Grandpont
in 1844,[98] but this was a terminus, inconvenient for routes to the north;[93] it was replaced by the present station on Park End Street
Park End Street
in 1852 with the opening of the Birmingham
Birmingham
route.[94] Another terminus, at Rewley Road, was opened in 1851 to serve the Bletchley route;[99] this station closed in 1951.[100] There have also been a number of local railway stations, all of which are now closed. A fourth station, Oxford
Oxford
Parkway, is just outside the city, at the park and ride site near Kidlington. Oxford railway station
Oxford railway station
is half a mile (about 1 km) west of the city centre. The station is served by CrossCountry
CrossCountry
services to Bouremouth, Manchester
Manchester
Piccadilly and Newcastle, Great Western Railway (who manage the station) services to London
London
Paddington, Banbury
Banbury
and Hereford
Hereford
and Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Railways
services to London
London
Marylebone. The present railway station opened in 1852. Oxford
Oxford
is the junction for a short branch line to Bicester, which was upgraded to 100 mph (161 km/h) during an 18-month closure in 2014/2015 – and is anticipated to be extended to form the planned East West Rail
East West Rail
line to Cambridge.[101] Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Railways
now connects Oxford
Oxford
to London Marylebone via Bicester
Bicester
Village, having sponsored the building of about 400 metres of new track between Bicester
Bicester
Village and the Chiltern Main Line southwards in 2014. The route serves High Wycombe and London
London
Marylebone, avoiding London
London
Paddington and Didcot
Didcot
Parkway. East West Rail
East West Rail
is proposed to continue through Bletchley (for Milton Keynes Central) to Bedford,[102] Cambridge,[103] and ultimately Ipswich and Norwich,[104] thus providing alternative route to East Anglia without needing to travel via, and connect between, the London mainline terminals. Rail–airport links[edit] From Oxford
Oxford
station direct trains run to Hayes & Harlington where interchange with the Heathrow Connect
Heathrow Connect
train links with Heathrow Airport. Passengers can change at Reading for connecting trains to Gatwick Airport. Some CrossCountry
CrossCountry
trains run direct services to Birmingham
Birmingham
International as well as further afield Southampton
Southampton
Airport Parkway. River and canal[edit] Oxford
Oxford
was historically an important port on the River Thames, with this section of the river being called the Isis; the Oxford-Burcot Commission in the 17th century attempted to improve navigation to Oxford.[105] Iffley
Iffley
Lock and Osney
Osney
Lock lie within the bounds of the city. In the 18th century the Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal
was built to connect Oxford with the Midlands.[106] Commercial traffic has given way to recreational use of the river and canal. Oxford
Oxford
was the original base of Salters Steamers
Salters Steamers
(founded in 1858), which was a leading racing-boat-builder that played an important role in popularising pleasure boating on the Upper Thames. The firm runs a regular service from Folly Bridge
Folly Bridge
downstream to Abingdon and beyond. Roads[edit] Oxford's central location on several transport routes means that it has long been a crossroads city with many coaching inns, although road traffic is now strongly discouraged from using the city centre. The Oxford Ring Road surrounds the city centre and close suburbs Marston, Iffley, Cowley and Headington; it consists of the A34 to the west, a 330-yard section of the A44, the A40 north and north-east, A4142/A423 to the east. It is a dual carriageway, except for a 330-yard section of the A40 where two residential service roads adjoin, and was completed in 1966. A roads[edit] The main roads to/from Oxford
Oxford
are:

A34 – a trunk route connecting the North and Midlands to the port of Southampton. It leaves J9 of the M40 north of Oxford, passes west of Oxford
Oxford
to Newbury and Winchester
Winchester
to the south and joins the M3 12.7 miles (20.4 km) north of Southampton. Since the completion of the Newbury bypass
Newbury bypass
in 1998, this section of the A34 has been an entirely grade separated dual carriageway. Historically the A34 led to Bicester, Banbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham
Birmingham
and Manchester, but since the completion of the M40 it disappears at J9 and re-emerges 50 miles (80 km) north at Solihull. A40 – leading east dualled to J8 of the M40 motorway, then an alternative route to High Wycombe
High Wycombe
and London; leading west part-dualled to Witney
Witney
then bisecting Cheltenham, Gloucester, Monmouth, Abergavenny, passing Brecon, Llandovery, Carmarthen
Carmarthen
and Haverfordwest
Haverfordwest
to reach Fishguard. A44 – which begins in Oxford, leading past Evesham
Evesham
to Worcester, Hereford
Hereford
and Aberystwyth. A420 – which also begins in Oxford
Oxford
and leads to Bristol
Bristol
passing Swindon
Swindon
and Chippenham.

The M40 extension

Motorway[edit] The city is served by the M40 motorway, which connects London
London
to Birmingham. The M40 approached Oxford
Oxford
in 1974, leading from London
London
to Waterstock, where the A40 continued to Oxford. When the M40 extension to Birmingham
Birmingham
was completed in January 1991, it curved sharply north, and a mile of the old motorway became a spur. The M40 comes no closer than 6 miles (9.7 km) away from the city centre, curving to the east of Otmoor. The M40 meets the A34 to the north of Oxford. Education[edit] Schools[edit] Main article: List of schools in Oxfordshire Universities and colleges[edit] There are two universities in Oxford, the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
and Oxford
Oxford
Brookes University, as well as the specialist further and higher education institution Ruskin College
Ruskin College
that is an Affiliate of the University of Oxford. The Islamic Azad University
Islamic Azad University
also has a campus near Oxford. Media[edit] As well as the BBC
BBC
national radio stations, Oxford
Oxford
and the surrounding area has several local stations, including BBC
BBC
Oxford, Heart Thames Valley, Destiny 105, Jack FM and Jack FM 2
Jack FM 2
along with Oxide: Oxford Student Radio[107] (which went on terrestrial radio at 87.7 MHz FM in late May 2005). A local TV station, Six TV: The Oxford
Oxford
Channel, was also available[108] but closed in April 2009; a service operated by That's TV, originally called That's Oxford
Oxford
(now That's Oxfordshire), took to the airwaves in 2015.[109][110] The city is home to a BBC
BBC
TV newsroom which produces an opt-out from the main South Today programme broadcast from Southampton. Popular local papers include The Oxford Times
The Oxford Times
(compact; weekly), its sister papers the Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail
(tabloid; daily) and the Oxford
Oxford
Star (tabloid; free and delivered), and Oxford Journal
Oxford Journal
(tabloid; weekly free pick-up). Oxford
Oxford
is also home to several advertising agencies. Daily Information
Daily Information
(known locally as Daily Info) is an events and advertising news sheet which has been published since 1964 and now provides a connected website. Nightshift is a monthly local free magazine that has covered the Oxford
Oxford
music scene since 1991.[111] In 2003 DIY
DIY
grassroots non-corporate media has begun to spread.[112] Independent and community newspapers include the Jericho Echo[113] and Oxford
Oxford
Prospect.[114] Culture[edit]

annotations

"Dreaming spires" of Oxford University
Oxford University
viewed from South Park in the snow

Theatres and cinemas[edit]

Burton Taylor Studio, Gloucester
Gloucester
Street New Theatre, George Street Odeon Cinema, George Street Odeon Cinema, Magdalen Street Old Fire Station Theatre, George Street O'Reilly Theatre, Blackhall Road Oxford
Oxford
Playhouse, Beaumont Street Pegasus Theatre,[115] Magdalen Road Phoenix Picturehouse, Walton Street Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley Road Vue Cinema Grenoble
Grenoble
Road The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade Creation Theatre Company

Literature and film[edit] Main articles: Literature in Oxford
Literature in Oxford
and List of films shot in Oxford Well-known Oxford-based authors include:

Brian Aldiss, who lived in Oxford. Vera Brittain, undergraduate at Somerville. John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, attended Brasenose College. Best known for his The Thirty-nine Steps, authored 32 novels and many more volumes of history, poetry and essays. A.S. Byatt, undergraduate at Somerville. Susan Cooper, undergraduate at Somerville, best known for her The Dark Is Rising Sequence. Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll
(real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Student and Mathematical Lecturer of Christ Church. Colin Dexter, who wrote and set his Inspector Morse
Inspector Morse
detective novels in Oxford. John Donaldson (d. 1989), a poet resident in Oxford
Oxford
in later life. Siobhan Dowd, Oxford
Oxford
resident, who was an undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Victoria Glendinning, undergraduate at Somerville. Kenneth Grahame, educated at St Edward's School, Oxford. Michael Innes (J. I. M. Stewart), of Christ Church. P. D. James, born and died in Oxford. T. E. Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia", Oxford
Oxford
resident, undergraduate at Jesus, postgraduate at Magdalen. C. S. Lewis, student at University College and Fellow of Magdalen. Iris Murdoch, undergraduate at Somerville and fellow of St Anne's. Carola Oman, novelist and biographer, was born and brought up in the city. Iain Pears, undergraduate at Wadham and Oxford
Oxford
resident, whose novel An Instance of the Fingerpost
An Instance of the Fingerpost
is set in the city. Philip Pullman, undergraduate at Exeter. Dorothy L. Sayers, undergraduate at Somerville. J. R. R. Tolkien, undergraduate at Exeter
Exeter
and later professor of English at Merton John Wain, undergraduate at St John's and later Professor of Poetry at Oxford University
Oxford University
1973–78 Oscar Wilde, a 19th-century poet and author who attended Oxford
Oxford
from 1874 to 1878. Charles Williams, editor at Oxford University
Oxford University
Press.

Oxford
Oxford
appears in the following works:[citation needed]

The Scarlet Pimpernel "Harry Potter" (all the films to date) The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
by James A. Owen Jude the Obscure
Jude the Obscure
(1895) by Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy
(in which Oxford
Oxford
is thinly disguised as "Christminster"). Zuleika Dobson
Zuleika Dobson
(1911) by Max Beerbohm. Gaudy Night
Gaudy Night
(1935) by Dorothy L. Sayers. Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
(1945) by Evelyn Waugh. A Question of Upbringing
A Question of Upbringing
(1951 ) by Anthony Powell Second Generation (1964 novel)
Second Generation (1964 novel)
by Raymond Williams Young Sherlock Holmes
Young Sherlock Holmes
(1985) by Steven Spielberg Inspector Morse
Inspector Morse
(1987) Where the Rivers Meet (1988) trilogy set in Oxford
Oxford
by John Wain All Souls (1989) by Javier Marías The Children of Men
The Children of Men
(1992) by P. D. James. Doomsday Book (1992) by Connie Willis His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials
(1995 onwards) by Philip Pullman Tomorrow Never Dies
Tomorrow Never Dies
(1997) The Saint (1997) 102 Dalmatians
102 Dalmatians
(2000) Endymion Spring (2006) by Matthew Skelton Lewis (2007) The Oxford
Oxford
Murders (2008) Mr. Nice
Mr. Nice
(2010) The story of Howard Marks X-Men: First Class (2011) Endeavour (2012) The Reluctant Cannibals (2013) by Ian Flitcroft "Being Morose" (2016) by Howard White and Ian Sloan "Raise a Glass to Inspector Morose" (2017) by Howard White and Ian Sloan

Music[edit] Oxford, and its surrounding towns and villages, have produced many successful bands and musicians. The most notable Oxford
Oxford
act is Radiohead, who all met at nearby Abingdon School, though other well known local bands include Supergrass, Ride, Swervedriver, Lab 4, Talulah Gosh, the Candyskins, Medal, the Egg, Unbelievable Truth, Hurricane No. 1, Crackout, Goldrush and more recently, Young Knives, Foals, Glass Animals, Dive Dive
Dive Dive
and Stornoway. These and many other bands from over 30 years of the Oxford
Oxford
music scene's history feature in the documentary film Anyone Can Play Guitar?. In 1997, Oxford
Oxford
played host to Radio 1's Sound City, with acts such as Travis, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Embrace, Spiritualized
Spiritualized
and DJ Shadow playing in various venues around the city including Oxford
Oxford
Brookes University.[116] It is also home to several brass bands, notably the City of Oxford Silver Band, founded in 1887. Sport[edit] Football[edit] The city's leading football club, Oxford
Oxford
United, are currently in League One, the third tier of league football, though they enjoyed some success in the past in the upper reaches of the league. They were elected to the Football League
Football League
in 1962, reached the Third Division after three years and the Second Division after six, and most notably reached the First Division in 1985 – 23 years after joining the Football League. They spent three seasons in the top flight, winning the Football League
Football League
Cup a year after promotion. The 18 years that followed relegation in 1988 saw their fortunes decline gradually, though a brief respite in 1996 saw them win promotion to the new (post Premier League) Division One in 1996 and stay there for three years. They were relegated to the Football Conference
Football Conference
in 2006, staying there for four seasons before returning to the Football League
Football League
in 2010. They play at the Kassam Stadium
Kassam Stadium
(named after former chairman Firoz Kassam), which is situated near the Blackbird Leys
Blackbird Leys
housing estate and has been their home since relocation from the Manor Ground in 2001. The club's notable former managers include Ian Greaves, Jim Smith, Maurice Evans, Brian Horton, Ramon Diaz
Ramon Diaz
and Denis Smith. Notable former players include John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Tommy Caton, Matt Elliott, Dean Saunders and Dean Whitehead. Oxford City F.C.
Oxford City F.C.
is a semi-professional football club, separate from Oxford
Oxford
United. It plays in the Conference South, the sixth tier, and two levels on the pyramid below the Football League. Oxford
Oxford
City Nomads F.C. are another semi-professional football club, who ground share with Oxford City F.C.
Oxford City F.C.
and play in the Hellenic league. Rugby league[edit] In 2013, Oxford Rugby League
Oxford Rugby League
entered Rugby League's semi-professional Championship 1, the third tier of British Rugby League. Oxford Cavaliers, who were formed in 1996, compete at the next level the Conference League South. Oxford University
Oxford University
(The Blues)[117] and Oxford Brookes University (The Bulls)[118] both compete in the Rugby League BUCS university League. Rugby union[edit] Oxford Harlequins RFC
Oxford Harlequins RFC
is the city's main Rugby Union
Rugby Union
team and currently plays in the South West Division. Oxford R.F.C is the oldest city team and currently plays in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Championship. Their most famous player was arguably Michael James Parsons known as Jim Parsons who was capped by England.[119] Oxford University
Oxford University
RFC are the most famous club with more than 300 Oxford
Oxford
players gaining International honours; including Phil de Glanville, Joe Roff, Tyrone Howe, Anton Oliver, Simon Halliday, David Kirk and Rob Egerton.[120] London
London
Welsh RFC moved to the Kassam Stadium
Kassam Stadium
in 2012 to fulfil their Premiership entry criteria regarding stadium capacity. At the end of the 2015 season, following relegation, the club left Oxford.[121] Speedway and greyhound racing[edit] Oxford Cheetahs motorcycle speedway team has raced at Oxford
Oxford
Stadium in Cowley on and off since 1939. The Cheetahs competed in the Elite League and then the Conference League until 2007. They were Britain's most successful club in the late eighties becoming British League champions in 1985, 1986 and 1989. Four times world champion Hans Nielsen was the clubs most successful rider. Greyhound racing took place at the Oxford Stadium
Oxford Stadium
from 1939 until 2012 and hosted some of the sports leading events such as the Pall Mall Stakes, The Cesarewitch and Trafalgar Cup. The stadium remains intact but unused after closing in 2012. Hockey[edit] There are several hockey clubs based in Oxford. The Oxford
Oxford
Hockey Club (formed after a merger of City of Oxford
Oxford
HC and Rover Oxford
Oxford
HC in 2011) plays most of its home games on the pitch at Oxford
Oxford
Brookes University, Headington
Headington
Campus and also uses the pitches at Headington Girls' School and Iffley
Iffley
Road. Oxford
Oxford
Hawks has two astroturf pitches at Banbury
Banbury
Road North, by Cutteslowe
Cutteslowe
Park to the north of the city. Ice hockey[edit] Oxford City Stars
Oxford City Stars
is the local Ice Hockey Team which plays at Oxford Ice Rink. There is a senior/adults’ team[122] and a junior/children’s team.[123] The Oxford University
Oxford University
Ice Hockey Club was formed as an official University sports club in 1921, and traces its history back to a match played against Cambridge
Cambridge
in St Moritz, Switzerland in 1885.[124] The club currently competes in Checking Division 1 of the British Universities Ice Hockey Association.[125] American football[edit] Oxford Saints
Oxford Saints
is Oxford's senior American Football team. One of the longest running American football clubs in the UK, the Saints were founded in 1983 and have competed for over 30 years against other British teams across the country. Cricket[edit] Oxford University
Oxford University
Cricket Club is Oxford's most famous club with more than 300 Oxford
Oxford
players gaining International honours; including Colin Cowdrey, Douglas Jardine
Douglas Jardine
and Imran Khan.[126] Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
County Cricket Club play in the Minor Counties League. Rowing[edit] Oxford University
Oxford University
Boat Club compete in the world-famous Boat Race. Oxford
Oxford
is also home to the City of Oxford
Oxford
Rowing Club which is situated near Donnington Bridge. Other sports[edit] Headington
Headington
Road Runners based at the OXSRAD sports facility in Marsh Lane (next to Oxford
Oxford
City F.C.) is Oxford's only road running club with an average annual membership exceeding 300. It was the club at which double Olympian Mara Yamauchi
Mara Yamauchi
started her running career. Twin towns[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in England Oxford
Oxford
is twinned with:

Bonn, Germany[127][128] Grenoble, France[127][129][130] Leiden, Netherlands[127] León, Nicaragua[127] Perm, Russia[127]

Gallery[edit]

Sheldonian Theatre
Sheldonian Theatre
in 2009

Somerville College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford

Keble College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford

Night view of High Street with Christmas lights - one of Oxford's main streets

Floral display in Oxford
Oxford
city centre in 2001

All Souls' College looking east up the High Street from St Mary's Church

The Bridge of Sighs links sections of Hertford College: as seen from Catte Street
Catte Street
leading into New College Lane.

University Church of St Mary the Virgin
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
as seen from Radcliffe Square.

Broad Street, showing the main entrances to Trinity and Balliol Colleges, and obliquely, the frontage of Exeter
Exeter
College from the Sheldonian Theatre.

Carfax Tower
Carfax Tower
at Carfax, the junction of the High Street, Queen Street, Cornmarket and St Aldate's streets at what is considered by many to be the centre of the city.

High Street as viewed from St Mary's, looking east, with Magdalen College in the distant background.

Merton College Chapel
Merton College Chapel
and Corpus Christi College as viewed from the Oriel Square
Oriel Square
entrance to Merton Street.

See also[edit]

England
England
portal

Bishop of Oxford Earl of Oxford List of attractions in Oxford List of Oxford
Oxford
architects Mayors of Oxford Oxfam Oxford
Oxford
bags Oxford
Oxford
comma The Oxfordian Age – a subdivision of the Jurassic
Jurassic
Period named for Oxford

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Illustrated Press Ltd. ISBN 0-902280-40-6.  Dale, Lawrence (1944). Towards a Plan for Oxford
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Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-19-280136-4.  Sharp, Thomas (1948). Oxford
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An Architectural Guide. Oxford; New York: Oxford University
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