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Oxford is one of Britain's most prestigious University cities, whose history goes back to before Saxon times. The city has many historical associations, with Royalty, literature, politics, and religion. It is of Oxford that Arnold wrote of the 'dreaming spires’ since the city is dominated by its many colleges - each striving to be richer and better appointed than it fellows. Many tales can be told as to their origins and history.

Archbishop Chichele's purpose in founding All Souls (in 1438) was to place a special emphasis on the study of Canon and civil Law in the allocation of Fellowships there. Wayneflete, the Bishop of Winchester, extended Chechele's principle when he established Magdelan in 1458. This, is arguably the most beautiful of Oxford colleges.

Balliol College (pictured is The Courtyard). It was opposite here that Archbishop Cranmer and Bishops Latimer and Ridley were burned at the stake in 1555.  Besides the university colleges, other buildings of note are Oxford castle which was built in 1070 by the first Norman sheriff. The remaining tower can still be seen standing on the banks of the River Cherwell. Also everyone should visit the Ashmolean Museum which is regarded as one of the greatest libraries in the world, and has a copy (it is said) of every published book.

Oxford has many attractions; excellent restaurants and cafe's with an abundance of good food and a wide variety of interesting shops. Additionally there is plenty of entertainment and a vibrant nightlife all to be found around this graceful city.


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