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A Sunny Day in Oxford


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Randolph Hotel, Oxford

The architecture of its 38 colleges in the city’s medieval center led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’.

On Your To-Do List

+ Where the famous “Oxford Martyrs” were hanged in Oxford in 1555 + 1556. The three martyrs were the Anglican bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer (the Archbishop of Canterbury). They were tried for heresy in 1555 and burnt at the stake for their religious beliefs and teachings. Latimer and Ridley were burnt on 16 October 1555. Cranmer was burnt five months later on 21 March 1556

+ The “Great Hall” from Harry Potter at Christ Church College

+ Christ Church Meadow, beside Christ Church Cathedral. Uniquely in the Church of England, it serves as both College Chapel and Mother Church for the Diocese of Oxford.

+ Alice in Wonderland Sweet Shop – buy your own Alice in Wonderland pop-up book at my Etsy shop here

+ St Michael’s Tower, oldest in Oxford

*Check out quirky photos from Oxford in my other post here

Amazing Facts About Oxford

Oxford has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world!

Best selling authors with links to Oxford include:

+ Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898 – author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky.

+ JRR Tolkein, 1892-1973 – author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

+ CS Lewis, 1898-1963 – author of The Chronicles of Narnia. CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien were close friends and both were Dons at Oxford University. They were also part of the Oxford literary group known as the ‘Inklings’ who could commonly be found discussing literature in the Eagle and Child and Lamb and Flag pubs on St Giles during their time in Oxford.

Photos Around Oxford Below

  • Oxford College
  • Oxford Gardens
  • Randolph Hotel
  • Christchurch Meadow
  • Broad Street
  • St. Michael’s Tower
  • Radcliffe Camera
  • Oxford pub “Chequers”

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Oxford Castle + Museum


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Next in my travel series this week, is the trip I took to the Oxford Castle + Museum last year in July. The last time I was in Oxford was in 2015 when I checked out Christchurch Meadow, University Church, St Michael’s Tower (where the Oxford Martyrs were led to their deaths in 1555-1556), Shakespeare’s favorite pub + Oxford College (with the famous Harry Potter Hall). It really is a stunning British town, only an hour from London by train.

This time around, I went to the Oxford Castle + Prison. I’d heard so much about it but had never been before! Above, original photographs of inmates from 1870! Each picture gives more information about every inmate, as well as why they were arrested and imprisoned. It’s an eerie feeling looking at these pictures – they could be anyone on the streets today! Aside from their clothing, they look remarkably modern and almost familiar. Do you agree? We did a tour and then explored on our own. Here are more photos!  (more…)

Creative Inspiration, Oxford, UK

See Oxford: Christ Church Meadow


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These ducks are all over the paths + meadows of Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford! Christchurch College’s alumni include Lewis Carroll + W.H. Auden.

Did You Know?

The Duck was a symbol of Isis, the Egyptian goddess who was a patron of nature and magic. The following quote is taken from the book ‘The Burden of Isis’ which was published in 1910: “Thy duck, thy sister, Isis, produceth the sweet odours belonging to thee and with thee, Yet thy way doth not tend toward us, oh our lord!”

 

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Highlight: University Church, Oxford


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University Church Oxford

The full name of the church is University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

University Church Oxford
In the early thirteenth century, the University of Oxford began to develop. Scholars and teachers moved into small halls of residence here. They needed a central meeting place, so they came to this Church, using it for academic lectures as well as for Christian services.
University Church Oxford
By about 1420 the Church had become too small for all these activities. Gradually the University moved its lectures, library and official ceremonies to other buildings nearby.
University Church Oxford
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, often attended University Sermons while an undergraduate and then a Fellow of Lincoln College.
University Church Oxford
Candles for the Oxford Martyrs – I stood on the spot where they were burned alive.
University Church
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Experience Oxford: Famous Places To Visit


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On Your To-Do List

+ Where the famous “Oxford Martyrs” were hanged in Oxford in 1555 + 1556. The three martyrs were the Anglican bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer (the Archbishop of Canterbury). They were tried for heresy in 1555 and burnt at the stake for their religious beliefs and teachings. Latimer and Ridley were burnt on 16 October 1555. Cranmer was burnt five months later on 21 March 1556

+ The “Great Hall” from Harry Potter at Christ Church College

+ Christ Church Meadow, beside Christ Church Cathedral. Uniquely in the Church of England, it serves as both College Chapel and Mother Church for the Diocese of Oxford.

+ Alice in Wonderland Sweet Shop – buy your own Alice in Wonderland pop-up book at my Etsy shop here

+ St Michael’s Tower, oldest in Oxford

*Check out quirky photos from Oxford in my other post here

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