OXFORD, {comprising the parishes of St. Giles, St. Aldate, St. Mary, and many others,} it is a city and parliamentary borough, the capital, assize, sessions, polling, and election town of the county of Oxfordshire. It is the seat of an episcopal see and one of the two principal English universities, and stands on a gentle eminence near the junction of the river Isis, which is a branch of the Thames, with the Cherwell. It returns to parliament four members, of whom two sit for the city and two for the university. The representation of the latter is a much-coveted distinction which is usually conferred upon eminent public men hence it is generally styled the “blue ribbon of the House of Commons.” There are two railway stations, belonging respectively to the London and Great Western and the London and North-Western companies. That - on the former is on a branch line from Didcot, and is 63� miles, while that of the latter is 779, miles distant from London. The city, the extent of which is about 2 miles from E. to W. by about 14 mile from N. to S., is situated in a sort of an amphitheatre surrounded on the W., S., and E. by well-wooded hills and fertile meadows, while to the N. it is flat and less thickly planted. …
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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003

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