Fact 1: The name Oxford comes from the old term ‘Oxanforda’ which literally meant a ford (shallow crossing) in the river where cattle (Oxen) could cross safely.
Fact 2: The first colleges of Oxford were built in the 13th century, but it wasn’t until 1878 that women were admitted to the university and 1920 when they were awarded degrees. In 1974 the last of the all-male colleges opened their doors to women.
Fact 3: Matthew Arnold dubbed Oxford as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ based on the architecture of the famous University buildings. This featured in the 60’s song ‘Itchycoo Park’ by Small Faces. (google the lyrics)
Fact 4: Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum was the first museum in the world to be
opened to the public when it was officially opened in 1683, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
On such a lovely day – students had lunch on the college lawns.
Fact 6: Residents and natives of Oxford are known as Oxonians. The term also relates to Oxford or Oxford University (adjective), or a member of Oxford University (noun).
Fact 7: Roger Bannister, a 25 year old medical student, was the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes. This feat was achieved in 1954 at the Iffley Road track in Oxford. His time was 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.
Not sure if our students have the energy to run a mile!!!!!!!
A group of students in Oxford.
All the photographs in this blog were taken by students.