Oxford – in the 1930s

Today I’m in Oxford. Well known for its agriculture and dairy produce? Population 80,540? One of the great English Universities? It must be the 1930s again and I’m shuffling through a deck of The Counties of England: A Geographical Game cards.

Oxford - The Counties of England
Oxford – from The Counties of England card game by John Jaques

Well known for its agriculture and dairy produce? Nowadays Oxford is known for its:

“broad economic base. Its industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing, and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses, some being academic offshoots.”


Surely they should have mentioned that Oxford had Europe’s largest integrated motor car manufacturing plant in the 1930s – or maybe John Jaques were a little slow in updating the cards from their 1890s originals?

Oxford – The Radcliffe Camera

Population 80,540? Well the population in 1931 after they extended the County borough boundary was 80,539. Source Eighty years later it’s nearly double that:

“With a population of 150,200 it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom.”

One of the great English Universities?

Surely it’s the greatest English University? Whatever you think, Oxford’s come a long way since it was a ford for oxen on the river in AD 900.


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