Oxford is a city in the South East of England, located 78 miles from the capital, London. It’s the county town of the county of Oxfordshire and attained city status in 1542. Its famous for its University, Oxford University, which is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
During the English Civil War it gained infamy for housing Charles I in 1642, once the King had been expelled from London by the Parliamentarians. The city later gave way to the Parliamentarians in the Siege of Oxford in 1646. Later in the century it hosted the court of Charles II during the Great Plague of London in 1665 and in 1681 it hosted a sitting of Parliament, named the Oxford Parliament.
Oxford has seen rapid economic growth in the last century, thanks to it’s proximity to London, which has meant that it’s less than an hour away by train. This has led to an influx of ‘London overspill’ commuters. As well as a well connected railway station Oxford also has its own airport, the nearly London Oxford Airport, situated in Kidlington.
Oxford is home to two universities; the University of Oxford, the aforementioned oldest in the world, and Oxford Brookes University, which is of lesser status. These two institutions bring in hundreds of students a year to the city and have helped the city grow in the last few decades.
Oxford has its own football team, Oxford United FC. They play in League Two of the English football system and play their home matches at the Kassam Stadium, which is next the Blackbird Leys estate on the outskirts of Oxford.
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