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Virtual event via Zoom VIRTUAL RECORDING - Liz Woolley virtual talk 'From Axtell to Zacharias: the men who built Oxford' - OPT Day School Series - Oxford: An Ever Expanding City - The Growth of Suburbia

Sunday, December 31, 2023 - 17:00
Virtual event via Zoom


The first in a series of five virtual lectures which will explore the past, present, and future of Oxford's suburbs. At a time when the City is under pressure to develop we will look back to previous times of growth, pushing out at the edges towards the surrounding hills. We'll consider their impact and how the places they have created have become established communities with their own history to tell.

Don't miss joining local historian Liz Woolley as she gives a talk entitled , 'From Axell to Zacharias: The men who built Oxford'. By the late 1880s there were more than seventy speculative developers and building firms whose activities shaped Oxford’s physical layout. They included building societies (which were often politically-motivated), large and small speculative builders, and middle-class men of business who dabbled in property development. This talk will explore the enormous influence that these organisations and people had over the city’s commercial, social, religious and political life. Fortunes were made, reputations were lost, regulations were ignored, and political careers were boosted.

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