Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oxford

Oxford, also known as The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous all around the world for its University. For about 800 years it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, however people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. 




Although it boasts for its modern side, it preserves its history, university life and fabulous buildings intact. 




With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourist and resident to do. Oxford was first settled in Saxon times and was initially known as Oxenaforda, i.e. Ford of the Oxen, fords (crossings) being more common than bridges at the time. Oxford was heavily damaged during the Norman Invasion of 1066.




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. The University of Oxford is first mentioned in 12th century records.




During the English Civil War, Oxford housed the court of Charles I in 1642, after the king was expelled from London. In the 19th century the Oxford Movement within the Anglican Church drew immense attention to the city as a focus of theological thought. 




By the early 20th century, Oxford experienced rapid industrial and population growth, with the printing and publishing industries becoming well established by the 1920s. On a personal note, it is the city where the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius is located, which I will be examining for my PhD. 

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for your comment! We would love to meet you if you ever come.

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  2. καλησπέρα
    δεν είναι κι άσχημα αυτά τα παλιόσπιτα!
    είχα πάει κάποτε στο CAMBRIDGE, επίσκεψη.
    Καλή η Αγγλία αλλά για πόσο;

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  3. Όχι και παλιόσπιτα..! είναι γραφικά και ωραία!
    Η Αγγλία ωραία.! άλλη ζωή βέβαια από την Ελλάδα! Συνήθεια είναι! Τι να πω εγώ που εδώ μεγάλωσα.!

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  4. I have RT your post. The painter's too. Have a great weekend Dimitri!

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