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Oxford Facts

Interesting and historical facts about Oxford.

  • Adolf Hitler hoped to use the city of Oxford as his capital should he succeed in conquering England. This is the reason Oxford was never bombed during WWII.


  • According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford was the first museum in the world to have opened its doors to the public when it first opened in 1683.


  • The poet Matthew Arnold was the person who first called Oxford the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ in his poem 'Thyrsis' which was written in December of 1865.


  • The Botanic Gardens in Oxford are the oldest botanic garden in Britain.


  • The oldest colleges in Oxford are University College, Balliol, and Merton, established between 1249 and 1264.


  • Professor Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford, where he also studied.


  • The 'Inklings' were a group of 19 men who frequented the Eagle and Child Public House in St Giles, Oxford to discuss each others literary works, which included C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.


  • C. S. Lewis died the same day that J F Kennedy was assassinated 22nd November 1963.


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