Oxford City walls from the air
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aerial photograph showing a surviving section of the Oxford City walls. Oxford had been defended by town walls going back to Saxon times with the erlier one probably being largley of timber and earth. Most of the earlier defences were reconstructed in the 13th century and again rebuilt in 1371. The wall was around 2 miles long enclosing an area of just over 110 acres and was defended by 21 bastions. The photo shows the North East corner where it partially encloses The Queen's College. Most of this section dates from the rebuilding work of 1371.