Monday, September 16, 2013

Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower, located in the centre of Oxford, allows the visitor to observe this beautiful city from a high point, pointing out the beauties of the spires and buildings of this University City. There has been a building on the site of the present tower since 1032, when the Church of St Martin was first recorded. Carfax Tower, constructed in local rubble stone is the only surviving part of the later medieval church and probably dates from the 13th century. In 1896 St. Martin’s Church was demolished, expect for the tower, which then became a clock tower and civic belfry.

The name Carfax derives from the Latin quadri-furcus (four forked) or the Norman French ‘quatre vois’ (four ways). This location represents the ancient heart of Oxford, where the four roads from the North, South, East and West Gates of the City met. 

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