"A bit cheeky!" J J Marshall
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Oxford is one of England’s premier tourist attractions with over 9 million tourists visiting each year. The city was first occupied in Saxon times when it was known as Oxenford, and began with the foundation of St Frideswide’s nunnery in the 8th century;
St Frideswide is buried in Christ Church cathedral. The city had good natural defences, being protected in the south, west and east by rivers, and in addition was also enclosed by a wall built c911. In 1985, two ninth-century leather shoes were discovered preserved in wet clay, in a ditch outside the south wall at 89 St Aldates.
Today the city covers 17.6 square miles and is home to over 150,000 people, 30,000 of whom are students.
The first colleges to be founded in Oxford were University College in the High (1249), Balliol College in Broad Street (1263) and Merton College in Merton Street (1264). The University colleges with their large property portfolio and strong cultural traditions, retain a steady influence over the appearance of the city and the wealth of cultural events it has to offer.
Oxford’s Tourist Information Centre is in Broad Street, which is also a hub for the popular walking and bus tours.