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The Anglo Saxon Chronicle of 912 records a settlement called Oxenford at a pace where local people would drive their cattle across the river. The popular belief has always been that the city takes its name from the words “ox” and “ford” and that the crossing place was here, at was is now Folly Bridge.
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16 Comments CherryPie on Mar 24th 2015

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Swami Vivekananda

23 Comments CherryPie on Mar 22nd 2015

14 Comments CherryPie on Mar 21st 2015

Anthony Wood has given us, along with a detailed description of the carvings, the sad story of the shabby treatment which this magnificent spectacle received at the King’s hands.” ‘The effigies of King James’ he writes’ was cut very curiously in stone, sitting in a throne and giving with his right hand a book to [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Mar 19th 2015

Oxford’s libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts, but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. Among them the Bodleian, the chief among the University’s libraries, has a special place.
First opened to scholars in [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Mar 18th 2015

This most memorable of Oxford buildings is now the principal reading room of the nearby Bodleian Library. It was built to house the great library belonging to Dr John Radcliffe, medical adviser to Queen Anne. The concept of a rotunda came from architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, but he died before work was started in 1737 and [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Mar 17th 2015

This graceful construction isn’t as old as it looks. It was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson in 1913 to link the Old and New Quads of Hertford College, which are separated by New College Lane. No one calls it by its original name, Hertford Bridge, because of the perceived resemblance to its more famous namesake [...]

16 Comments CherryPie on Mar 16th 2015

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