Facing north on Cornmarket Street just south of George Street/Broad Street, Oxford (Sept. 2011).
Last September, just two weeks after arriving in the UK, I spent a brief afternoon in Oxford. With time to stroll down a main street, we merely sampled what the city has to offer.
The Saxon Tower of St. Michael, the “oldest building” in Oxford, is almost 1,000 years old, dating to around 1050 CE. And I thought our former house in the US dating to the 1840’s was old!
The Saxon Tower must have witnessed a lot over all those years.
Whether the Museum of Oxford houses compelling works, I don’t know; I was content admiring the exterior.
However, I really did want to enter Christ Church through Tom Gate, but a rope and guard prevented me from getting anything more than a glimpse of Tom Quad.
A garden not far south of Tom Gate provided a nice view of Christ Church Cathedral.
An unsuccessful search for a closer view or perhaps even an entrance to the cathedral was not without reward.
This journey abruptly ends at the River Thames.*
*I told you the visit was brief.