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Facts About Oxford

  • The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford was the first museum in the world to be opened to the public.
  • One of the primary reasons Oxford wasn’t bombed by Germany during WWII is that Hitler was planning to use Oxford as his capital if he was able to conquer England.
  • Oxford’s Botanic Gardens is the oldest in the world and was founded in 1621.
  • The Turf Tavern in Oxford is noted in the 1381 tax records of King Richard II and is still open today.The oldest form of graffiti on record is located at the bottom stairs in the Great Hall of Christ Church in Oxford. The words “no peel” were nailed into the door around 1829.
  • Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, was a real girl named Alice Liddell. She was the daughter of the Dean at Christ Church, who was a friend of Charles Dodgson (A.K.A. Lewis Carroll), who taught at the College. Dodgson spent much time with Alice and her family, and immortalized her in his books.
  • The Great Hall at Christ Church was used as inspiration for the Hogwarts dining hall in the Harry Potter films. The staircase leading up to the hall was actually used in several scenes in the films.
  • The word “snob” actually originated in Oxford. It comes and abbreviates from the Latin phrase “sine nobilitate” which means “without nobility.”
  • The Queens Lane Coffee House is the oldest continually working coffee house in Europe.
  • C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien would meet regularly at “The Eagle and Child” pub in Oxford, and regularly discuss and critique each other’s writings.
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