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Historical interest: Oxford
Oxford was founded in the 9th century when Alfred the Great created a network
of fortified towns called burhs across his kingdom, one of which was at Oxford.
The university at Oxford was founded in 1167. During the Middle Ages there
was much tension between townspeople and students. In 1209 a woman was killed.
Afterwards 2 students were hanged by the townsfolk. Some of the students fled
to Cambridge, establishing a university there.
In 1121 a Chancellor was appointed with power to discipline the students. Riots
continued through the 13th century and tensions came to a head in 1355 when
a fight occurred between them which lasted for 3 days. Afterwards an investigation
was held and as a result the university staff and students were given still
more privileges. Despite this the conflict between the townspeople and the university
In 1258 Simon de Monfort and 23 other rebellious barons held a meeting in Oxford
and forced the king to accept a number of reforms known as the Provisions of
In 1651 the first coffee house in England opened in Oxford. Coffee was a new
drink at that time but it soon became popular. Many coffee houses were opened
where middle class and upper class men could meet, have a drink, read newspapers
and talk shop. In 1659 a free grammar school was founded in Oxford.
In the 18th century Oxford remained a market town where produce from the surrounding
area was bought and sold but most industry in Oxford was still geared to supplying
the needs of the university. The city was full of brewers, bakers, butchers,
tailors and grocers.
A railway from Oxford to London was built in 1844, and another to Banbury in
The fate of Oxford was changed in 1913 when a man named Morris began making
cars in the city. In 1919 a radiator making company was formed and in 1926 a
pressed-steel company which made car bodies. By the 1930s Oxford was an important
manufacturing centre. It was also a prosperous city. Furthermore it escaped
serious damage during World War II.
Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century Oxford expanded its infrastructure,
residential areas, museums and educational institutions. Today the main industries
are still car and vehicle parts manufacturing, publishing and biotechnology,
as well as education.
Selection of hotels in this region:
The Oxford Hotel (Winter 2 Night Offer)
Hawkwell House Hotel
Cotswold Lodge Classic Hotel
Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
Express By Holiday Inn Oxford Kassam Stadium
Studley Priory Country Hotel and Restaurant
Macdonald Hotels, Eastgate Hotel
Linton Lodge Hotel
Macdonald Hotels, The Randolph
Oxford Thames Four Pillars
Days Inn Oxford
The New Oxford Hotel
Holiday Inn Oxford
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