Talk:Oxford

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Links[edit]

In the sentence:

 See also University of Oxford and Magdalen College, Oxford.

I am going to replace the link to Magdalen College with a comment that links to all colleges are to be found on the University of Oxford page, as there is no reason in the particular context to single out one college.

However, where the photo captions refer to particular colleges (including Magdalen) these can be turned into active links.


Churches[edit]

I moved this here from the article because I don't think it adds anything particularly interesting, but might be worth putting back in a different form.


Churches in central Oxford

- Lady Lysine Ikinsile 13:46, Jun 10, 2004 (UTC)


Must agree, though it seems to have found its way back. Perhaps someone clever can boxify it or make it interesting. Alf 2 July 2005 20:30 (UTC)

Myths[edit]

There are two rumours I have heard since moving to Oxford, which I assumed to be myths:

  • North Parade is more to the south than South Parade (both in North Oxford and Summertown) because of the parading of troops during the Civil War.

Jan Morris's Oxford quotes this story, but gives no source. Thruston 16:16, 22 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I've heard this also, I know the guy to ask, I'll post the sources when I get them. Alf 21:54, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC) Hansard backs this up - [1] 22 Jan 2003 : Column 821 second paragraph. North Parade and South Parade, standing about 300 yards apart, mark the lines where the armies of the executive (the King) and Parliament regularly faced each other while the court was in Oxford during the Civil War. So North Parade for the Northern Army (King) and South Parade for the Southern (Rebellion) Army.Alf 02:47, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

That link doesn't work for me. Mark1 02:51, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
link fixed.Alf 09:42, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • The St Giles' Fair has to be done every year so St John's College can claim their ownership of the road St Giles'.

Are these true? – Kaihsu 11:32, 2004 Dec 15 (UTC)

Not true about St Giles Fair, but True (as far as anyone can tell) about Notrh and sounth parrade. The names dont come from "the Northen and Sothen Armys", but the northan most "parrade" of the kings army, and the sothen most of the Palimanterian.

Another one is that

One can walk from St John's College, Oxford to St John's College, Cambridge without leaving land which are owned by either one of the colleges.

Kaihsu 15:59, 2004 Dec 24 (UTC)

This last one is said about other colleges too, so I'd strongly suspect MYTH Thruston 16:16, 22 Mar 2005 (UTC)

There is a book called Encyclopedia of Oxford or some such in the (County) central library next to Westgate shopping centre. It might clear up some of these myths. But I have not investigated deeply. – Kaihsu 17:46, July 30, 2005 (UTC)

The story about St John's land ownership was, I believe, literally true at the time of Samuel Johnson - I will not pretend to have read it from his work, but it is cited passim. It is almost certainly no longer the case! ndaisley 11:39, 30 Nov 2005

Twinning[edit]

I'm checking with Oxford City Council as to the status of the Perm twinning and requesting info on twinning proposals, the City Council webiste still lists Perm.Alf 21:51, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Have response - "Perm is very much a twinning- probably one of the strongest currently" (May Wylie, Oxford City Council contact for twinning issues) so have edited to remove weak twinning slant.Alf 10:28, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Yes, activities with Perm appeared in the local press. Sorry for earlier misunderstanding. – Kaihsu 17:44, July 30, 2005 (UTC)

Geography[edit]

'wards, neighbourhoods and suburbs' is confusing, Oxford City Council has 24 wards so some are missing, neighbourhoods will depend both on local viewpoint and local maps which vary with year and publisher eg. cold harbour (a tiny area at the end of the Abingdon Rd), how far from Carfax can a suburb be - would Berinsfield count?. I'd like to remove list, ensure former live link listing in bulk and move the shark to Images of Oxford (which would be better on it's own page as it seems to clutter the article). Alf 22:30, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)

What are the geographical coordinates? 18 Nov 2006(DBU)

Town Hall[edit]

Needs re-writing, I will if no objections: "Oxford's Town Hall was built by Henry T. Hare, the foundation stone was laid on 6 July 1893 and opened by the future King Edward VII on 12 May 1897" is more definitive than "Oxford's Town Hall was built during the reign of Queen Victoria". I would also like to have "Though Oxford has city status and is a Lord Mayoralty, the seat of the city council is still called by its traditional name of "Town Hall" to read "The site has been the seat of local government since the Guild Hall of 1292 and though Oxford is a city and a Lord Mayoralty, the seat of the city council is still called by its traditional name of "Town Hall". Alf 23:24, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)