Saturday, 25 May 2013



There are towns and cities called Oxford all over the place – New Zealand, the US, Canada and Australia.  There are 20 different states in the US with towns called Oxford.  My guess, though is that they were all named after Oxford, the famous University city in the UK.  It is not a huge city which makes it interesting that so many other places have the same name.  And the origins of the name are pretty humble – it derives from a ford for oxen ie cattle beasts.

Oxford University

The greatest thing about Oxford is, of course, its University.  This is the oldest university in the English speaking world – dating back at least to the 12th century.

Oxford - City of Dreaming Spires

The City is nicknamed "The City of Dreaming Spires" after a Matthew Arnold poem.

Luckily the city came through WWII relatively unscathed so it is a great place for seeing original architecture.

And it has a football team – of sorts.

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  1. Oxford is the best college town ever. Everyone looks smart, they ride bikes, lavender blooms everywhere, food is good, buildings are amazing. I would live there in a snap if I could.

  2. What a wonderful post. I have only ever been to the British Oxford, it is one of my favourite cities in England. Thanks.

    Marianne from Let's Read


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