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Key to the City™, Oxford.

The Oxford Story

Cornmarket Street, Oxford
Cornmarket Street, Oxford

Knowing the story of Oxford will hopefully help you enjoy the city more. In this section we will dive into the past, including Oxford's origins as a university town, and look at the people of Oxford who made the city famous. More articles coming soon.

You can also delve into the past in our Oxford Old Postcards from the Past section.

Famous People from Oxford

Four Candles, Oxford
Four Candles, Oxford

Oxford is the birth place of or home to some well known writers, sport stars, musicians, politicians and artists. We list a few of the most notable here. If you have the time, we urge you to read a little more about each one on the internet.

A Brief History of Oxford

Oxford Castle Mound
Oxford Castle Mound

Oxford is known worldwide as the home of Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and as the 'city of dreaming spires', a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold. Oxford was first settled in Saxon times and was initially known as 'Oxenaforda', meaning 'Ford of the Oxen'.

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