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Oxfordshire – Birthplace to Sir Winston Churchill
Unlike most other counties in England, the Romans took little interest in Oxfordshire and the county didn’t really begin to develop until around the 8th century.
Oxfordshire is well known for its car industry, schools and universities. The University of Oxford was founded back in 1096 and is one of two universities in the county.
The county has a long history of agricultural importance, although this area has declined in recent years due to the development of higher technology industries. Tourism plays an important part in the county’s economy.
Oxfordshire is connected to many famous people and Sir Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock in 1874. He returned to the county in 1965, following his death at the age of 90. He is buried in the family plot at St Martin’s Church, Bladon, near Woodstock (quite close to his birthplace).
Reasons to visit Oxfordshire
The county has many interesting areas and buildings to explore, such as Blenheim Palace, which is one of England’s largest houses and the only ‘non-royal’ house in England to hold the title of ‘palace’ (built between 1705-1724).
Broughton Castle is a medieval manor house built at the start of the 14th century. In 1550 the house was transformed into a Tudor style. In the 19th century the house suffered from decay, but has since been restored.
Other places of interest include Ashdown House, Chastleton House, Chiltern Hills, Cotswolds, Dorchester Abbey, Greys Court, Oxford Canal, The Ridgeway (said to be Britain’s oldest road), River Thames, The Uffington White Horse (prehistoric hill figure) and many museums, parks and halls.
Entertainment and Dining in Oxfordshire
There is plenty of entertainment on offer at theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs, and restaurants include Whistlers at Chipping Norton, The Bear and Ragged Staff in Oxford and the Avanti in Wallingford.
Accommodation in Oxfordshire
Most types of accommodation are available in Oxfordshire, including Guest Houses, B&Bs, self-catering and camping. Hotels include the Best Western Wroxton House Hotel in Banbury, Old Bank Hotel in Oxford and Premier Inn in Banbury.