While Oxford is a picturesque universitycity, it is also a place of wonderful history. From Harry Potter to Alice in Wonderland, there are plenty of stories to be told.
If you are interested in visiting Oxford or you’re like keen to learn something new, keep reading.
Interesting facts about Oxford
Oxford never got bombed during World War II
While Oxford was prepared and ready during World War II, the historic city centre escaped bombing entirely. There are several theories for this, with one being that Hitler may have wanted to make Oxford the new capital of England had he taken over.
The nameOxfordis derived from the wordOxanfordawhich is used to describe a ford in the river where cattle can safely cross.
Oxford and Harry Potter
The famous dining hall, called The Great Hall, in the movies of Harry Potter was nearly filmed at Christ Church. However, they couldn’t fit in three of the four house tables. Warner Brothers then mapped out Christ Church and built a slightly larger version in London.
Oxford Alice in Wonderland
The beloved tale was written by Lewis Carroll. However, that was actually the pen name for Rev Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church. The books are said to be based on Alice Liddell who was the daughter of Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church at the time.
One of the oldest Universities
Oxford University is one of the oldest universities in the world, being beaten by The University of Bologna by a young eight years. Oxford University was established in 1096 making it 924 years old.
It is also said that many famous authors have found their inspiration for parts of their books while they were students at Oxford.
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