Kapoors Year 8: Scotland/India/Bhutan travel blog

We Slipped Out Of The Pelting Rain Into The Queen's Lane Coffee...

Queen's Lane Is Reputed To Be The 'Oldest Coffee House In Europe,...

After A Delightful Lunch And Hot Mugs Of Coffee, We Stepped Outside,...

We Dashed Over To Climb The Tower Of The University Church Of...

The Downspouts Were Streaming With Rainwater, Luckily We Could Shelter Ourselves Under...

There Were Plenty Of Gargoyles On The Parapet, But I'd Never Seen...

From This Vantage Point We Had A Clear View Into The Grounds...

And A Stunning View Of The Radcliffe Camera, A Circular Library, An...

On The Way Out We Noticed That The Rain Was Beginning To...

By The Time We Walked Over To Christ Church Cathedral, The Clouds...

We Waited Just Outside The Great Hall As A Private Lunch Was...

I've Only Ever Watched The First Of The 'Harry Potter' Movies, But...

There Was No Evidence Of The Earlier Lunch Other Than The Lingering...

We Wandered Around The Hall, Admiring The Paintings And Imagining Ourselves Sitting...

We Emerged Back Into The Sunshine, Into Tom Quad, Oxford's Largest Quadrangle

I Found I Enjoyed Looking Down The Narrow Lanes In Oxford, Almost...

We Strolled Along Broad Street And I Admired The Busts Along The...

This Fellow Looks More Than A Little Surprised By The Action Out...

Around The Corner We Stopped To See The Afternoon Light Reflected In...

We'd Circled Around So That We Could Catch A Glimpse Of The...

I Keep Coming Across Bicycles Here And There In Our Travels, One's...

There Wasn't Much Time Left, We Wanted To Reach London Before Dark,...

The Turf Tavern Is Hidden Down A Narrow Lane, And It Took...

Clearly We Weren't The Only Non-Students To Venture Through The Doors

The Tavern Dates Back To Medieval Times, The Stone Walls And Low...

There Are Plenty Of Real Ales On Tap, Though There Were Few...

I Liked The Name Of This One, But Alas, I Had To...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Oxford, Cotswold & Around has to say about Oxford:

Oxford was a key Saxon town heavily fortified by Alfred the Great during the war against the Danes. By the 11th century, the Augustinian abbey in Oxford had begun training clerics, and when Henry II banned Anglo-Norman students from attending the Sorbonne in 1167, the abbey began to attract students in droves.

The first colleges, Balliol, Merton and University, were built in the 13th century, with at least three more being added in each of the following three centuries. Newer colleges, such as Keble, were added in the 19th and 20th centuries to cater for an ever-expanding student population. However, old habits die hard at Oxford, and it was 1877 before lecturers were allowed to marry, and another year before female students were admitted. Even then, it still took another 42 years before women would be granted a degree for their four years of hard work.

Today, there are 39 colleges that cater for about 20,000 students, and in 2008 the last all-female college, St Hilda’s, eventually opened its door to male students.

The genteel city of Oxford is a privileged place, one of the world’s most famous university towns – it’s soaked in history, dripping with august buildings and yet in- credibly insular. The 39 colleges that make up the University jealously guard their elegant honey-coloured buildings, and inside their grounds, a reverent hush and studious calm descends.

It’s a conservative, bookish kind of place where academic achievement and intellectual ideals are the common currency. The University buildings wrap around narrow cobbled lanes, cyclists in academic gowns blaze along the streets and the vast library collections run along shelves deep below the city streets.

Oxford is a wonderful place to ramble: the oldest colleges date back almost 750 years, and little has changed inside the hallowed walls since then.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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