22 Interesting Facts About Oxford

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Interesting facts about Oxford


  1. The University of Oxford is the Worlds Second Oldest University.

  2. The Name Oxford comes from the World Oxanforda, which means cattle crossing.

  3. During the Civil War from 1642 to 1646, Oxford was the Capital of England.

  4. During the World War II, England was never bombed because Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his Capital if he conquered England.

  5. Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) went to Oxford University.

  6. 27 British Prime Ministers were educated at Oxford University.

  7. The Oxford Motto is “Fortis est veritas” which means “The truth is strong”.

  8. The People of Oxford are known as Oxonian.

  9. Oxford was used as a filming location for Harry Potter and Actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in Harry Potter) went to school here.

  10. Oxford has its own use for a comma, known as the Oxford Comma and is used after conduction in a list of three or more.

  11. The first colleges of Oxford opened in the 13th century, however, no female students were allowed until 1878.

  12. Roger Bannister, who was a Medical student at Oxford, was the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes. His time was 3mins 59.4 seconds.

  13. There are 38 individual colleges and 5 private halls at Oxford.

  14. Famous English rock band Radiohead was formed while attending the Abingdon School in Oxford.

  15. Oxford’s Botanic Garden is the oldest in the World, Founded in 1621 as a Physic Garden.

  16. The oldest Music performance hall in Europe is located in Oxford, the Holywell Music Room, which was built in 1748.

  17. Since 1478 Books have been printed in Oxford.

  18. Oxford has more published writers per square mile, than anywhere in the World.

  19. Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum was the first Museum in the World to be opened to the public, officially opened in 1683.

  20. Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education, World University Rankings for 2017 and 2018.

  21. During the Medieval times, students at Oxford University were not allowed to marry by the rules of the church, this is why the first degrees awarded is called “Bachelor of Arts”.

  22. The Bodleian Library is the Second largest Library in England.

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