Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by Mark101, Dec 31, 2014.
Just giving this a poke - Saturday 18th of April in the cattle crossing.
Do you mind, I was asleep ! Now I have to go and put some new silicone around the shower base.
Where is the cattle crossing? Near the train station?
If you look for a pub or cafe called the Cattle Crossing you'll be looking for ever, although I'm surprised one hasn't be named as so. Oxford, Ox Ford, was thought to have began at the site of a ford used as a cattle crossing. The cattle crossing equates to Oxford. I'd love to know where it was thought the fords original location was, but that was so long ago, and the routes of rivers change over time.
Can I get some idea of what time I need to reach Oxford? I'm looking to book in advance for my train to save a few quid
Indeed - twas an attempt at humour. There are four ford names on the Thames in Oxfordshire - Oxford, Swinford, Shifford and Duxford. The first three are believed to be the lowest points along the river at which oxen, pigs and sheep could still ford it. Duxford, unfortunately, is the Duke's Ford and nothing to do with ducks!
The original ford seems likely to have been somewhere at the bottom of St Aldates but the evidence suggests that the river channel was very braided and winding, and has been channelled over the centuries, so it was probably a series of fords rather than a single one. You did ask...
Lesley, I've checked upthread and no-one has mentioned a time yet, least of all me. Any thoughts on a time? Not too early, not too late, for getting here from places like London - I'm guessing 10 probably too early, how about 11?
11 suits me- I'll be able to grab breakfast at Paddington on my way through
11 sounds fine to me. I'll probably come by coach from Hillingdon coach station.
Looks as though 11 it is then. I think I've suggested Gloucester Green as a meeting point - just through an alley from the bus station where the coach will come in, a few hundred yards from the rail station (about 5 minutes on foot, probably ten by taxi as you tour our latest roadworks...), not too far from wherever the Park and Nick buses stop.
Any concerns? I believe there's a Saturday market now, which might make people harder to spot...
Somewhere else might be better if there's a market going on
Unless we meet at the end of the bus station by the old school, I think it's going to be busy wherever...
...and being Oxford, it won't be just us with cameras.
Any better suggestions for a meeting place? The Said Business School plaza would be good for anyone coming by train, and should be relatively quiet on a Saturday morning, but is back out of town again for anyone coming from the coach station or park and nick (though only by a few hundred yards).
The Old School end of the bus station would be quieter as well. Everywhere central will be getting busy, despite it being early in the tourist season...
From Milton Keynes, we'll be using the Park & Ride, so somewhere central will be OK. What about the steps diagonally opposite the Ashmolean Museum, the Martyrs Memorial, I think. Hope the pasted link works.
Yes, it does, complete with street view.
Sounds good to me - easy to get directions to as well! I'll try to be early with a sign, and I expect Mark and I will probably be on the same bus.
Everyone else OK with that?
(it is, of course, where Fatima and Ridley were burnt to death experimenting with a new sort of candle that they said would never go out...)
Okay with me
Sounds good - in my calendar; I'll probably use Redbridge P&R, so a short walk up from St Aldates
Me too, but give us time to walk there from the train station !
11:00am start should be OK (so long as it's not going to rain)
Don't panic about getting there on time - I'll hand out my mobile number a day or two before, and people can holler of they'll be a bit late. I'm sure we can find something to entertain ourselves with. If enough people are coming by train, you could meet at the station and get a taxi together?
Taxi? I'm sure from memory that it doesn't take that long to walk there from the station.
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