Oxfordshire books and mapsHere is a list of books for Oxfordshire that you may find useful.
Oxfordshire books: Maps
This street atlas of Oxfordshire gives comprehensive and detailed coverage of the area. The route planner shows all the A and B roads, and can be used when driving to get close to the destination before turning to the relevant large-scale street map.
The street maps show every named road, street and lane very clearly, with major roads picked out in colour. The maps are at a standard scale of 3.5 inches to 1 mile, with Oxford shown at 7 inches to 1 mile.
Other information on the maps includes postcode boundaries, car parks, railway and bus stations, post offices, schools, colleges, hospitals, police and fire stations, places of worship, leisure centres, footpaths and bridleways, camping and caravan sites, golf courses, and many other places of interest. Also included in this edition are fixed single and multiple speed-camera locations, with corresponding speed limits.
The comprehensive index lists street names and postcodes, plus schools, hospitals, railway stations, shopping centres and other such features picked out in red, with other places of interest shown in blue.
Publication: 1 April 2013
Oxfordshire books: History & Heritage
'Curious Oxfordshire' is a guide to over 100 unusual and extraordinary sights, incidents and legends from all parts of the county. Featured here in this work are the tales of unsolved murders, witchcraft, hangings, poltergeists, underground caves and passages, 'cunning men', backswording and riots. From an unconventional exorcism performed with a bicycle pump to the tail of a vast shark pointing skywards from a Headington roof, this book will make fascinating reading for all those interested in the quirky and strange side of Oxfordshire. Illustrated with a range of photographs and original drawings, Roger Long's entertaining stories will inspire residents and visitors alike to greater exploration of both familiar and unknown sights of this historically rich and curious county.
Publication: 13 Nov 2008
Oxford's unique collection of university and college buildings both old and new form a major part of this book. The city itself with its medieval walls and castle and ancient churches is also fully described. Among the county's distinguished houses are Vanbrugh's Blenheim and Kent's Rousham Park, each in magnificently landscaped grounds, while village churches range from notable Norman examples such as Iffley to G.E. Street's inventive Victorian creations such as St Simon & St Jude at Shipton-under-Wychwood. Other attractive towns in this still strongly rural county vary from stone-built Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds to brick-built Henley on the Thames.
Publication: 1 Jan 1974
The railway came to Oxfordshire during the 1840s, the core of the present-day local railway network being completed by 1853. Other lines were subsequently constructed and, despite some branch line closures during the 1960s, these Victorian railways are still serving the public during the first decades of the twenty-first century. Their longevity is a tribute to the energy and vision of the nineteenth-century entrepreneurs who brought the railway system into existence over 160 years ago. This new study of Oxfordshire's railways examines the county's railways on a line-by-line basis, starting with the Great Western main line, which reached Oxfordshire in 1840. Sixty-eight stations have been included, the opening dates being given for each location. This interesting collection of images will appeal to railway enthusiasts, local historians and those with an interest in the history of Oxfordshire.
Publication: 18 Feb 2013
Oxfordshire, archaically known as the County of Oxford, was brought into existence during the Anglo-Saxon period, the original county being confined to the north bank of the Thames. Geographically, the county sits between the River Thames to the south, the Cotswolds to the west, the Chilterns to the east and the Midlands to the north. Oxfordshire is a county rich in history and folklore. The city of Oxford is the main population centre in the county. The University of Oxford, known as a first-class educational establishment worldwide, was first founded in the city in 1096, though its collegiate structure did not develop until later on. While Oxford has always been a reasonably large settlement, it is the county's rich agricultural land that has made it what it is today. This unique selection of images and informative captions will be essential reading for anyone who knows and loves this county.
Publication: 5 July 2013
Fircone's 'Churching Guides' are a county by county exploration of the finest churches in England, their art and architecture, stonework and woodwork, stained glass and wall paintings; the conspicuous features for which they are famed and the often-missed details that make them sing. At the core of each guide is a gazetteer of the best churches to be found in each county, the entries thoroughly researched, highly readable and richly illustrated with full colour photographs.
Each guide also includes a detailed introduction, setting the churches within the contexts of regional history, landscape, building materials and national trends in church architecture; together with a comprehensive glossary and a matrix setting out the principal characteristics of all of the churches within each county.
Publication: 25 July 2013
Oxfordshire books: Walking and Tours
This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use.
Publication: 31 July 2010
Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this fantastic walking guide to Oxfordshire features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the area, as well as other local points of interest. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments and every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.
Publication: 30 April 2013
Twenty safe walks in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside devised specially with children in mind. The selected routes give children the opportunity to race up and down the sides of Watlington Hill; spot birds and animals at Foxholes Nature Reserve; hunt for mini beasts in the beetle banks at Badbury Clump; feed the ducks on the Oxford Canal; explore the ruins of Abingdon Abbey, and discover a mysterious statue in Park Wood at Mapledurham.
Publication: 21 May 2012
Oxfordshire offers many opportunities for excellent cycling. The routes chosen for this guide are designed to encourage leisure cyclists, family groups and even the seasoned cyclist. The routes vary in length from 6 and a half to 27 miles and are fully described in the text and shown on the accompanying maps. There is also information on how to get to the start, the type of terrain to be covered and where to find refreshments along the way. In addition, there are brief notes about the places of interest en route and nearby. 20 circular rides visiting a wide variety of interesting and historic sites.
Publication: 7 April 2011 [Illustrated] [Spiral-Bound]
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