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Alex Gavin as Charles I
Alex Gavin as Charles I
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Oxford on screen
Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Fact Oxford is famous for its film locations, featuring in movies such as Harry Potter and Shadowlands.

Fact Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh was set in Oxford. Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews starred in the hugely popular television adaptation.

Fact Inspector Morse created by crime writer Colin Dexter was filmed in and around Oxford.

Centre of learning
Part of Christ Chuch
Part of Christ Chuch

Fact Oxford University is the oldest English speaking university in the world, dating back to 1249. It boasts 39 colleges including Christchurch.

Fact Christ Church is Oxford's largest college, and has a starring role in the Harry Potter films.

Fact Former President Bill Clinton went to University in Oxford as did his daughter Chelsea.

Making music
Thom Yorke from Radiohead
Thom Yorke from Radiohead

Fact Rock bands Supergrass and Radiohead come from Oxford.

Fact Oxford boasts Europe's oldest performance music rooms – the Holywell Music Room built in 1748.

Good sports
Rowing blade
Rowing Blade

FactSir Roger Bannister broke the sub four minute mile barrier at Oxford's Iffley Road sports ground in 1954.

Fact Oxford is renowned world-wide for its rowing team. Oxford's crew have won the Oxford .v. Cambridge Boat Race 70 times compared with its rival who has won on 77 occasions. The Oxford boat sunk in 1925.

Fact Three time Olympic gold medal winner Matthew Pinsent rowed for Oxford in 1990, 1991 and 1993.

Fact Henley in Oxfordshire is home to the annual rowing Regatta, first held in 1839.

Fact Oxfordshire is home to the Bennetton Formula One racing team and many Formula One cars are built in the county.

Fact Bicester Hash House Harriers are the oldest weekly hash in the UK. Hashing involves running around the countryside looking for blobs of flour. At the end, miscreants are required to down a pint of beer. It's surprising it's not more popular.

Fact Punting is actually a sport - racing punts are only about 15 inches wide and are poled by two people, one at either end. The important thing is to remember which one is in front, or the punt goes round in circles.

Fact Only in Oxfordshire are you likely to see anyone playing Aunt Sally... a pub game that involves throwing sticks at a blob of wood. A lot of people take this very seriously.

Fact The world cockhorse-racing championships are held every summer as part of Town Mayor's Sunday in Banbury. Each horse is ridden by a team of four adults, with a casualty rate similar to the Grand National.

Enterprising Oxford
The Mini
The Mini

Fact The new Mini is produced at the BMW car plant in Cowley, Oxford.

Fact Oxford graduate Tim Berners-Lee is credited with inventing the Internet.

Fact Oxfam, the Oxford Committee for Famine, was founded in Oxford in 1942.

Fact Most of the traditional hanky-waving morris dances now performed around the English-speaking world were "collected" in Oxfordshire. Each dance was unique to a town or village.

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