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Did you know that Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is the oldest public museum in the world? Established thanks to the generosity of Elias Ashmole , it opened its doors to the public on May 24 1683 . The basis of its original collection, by the way, came from Lambeth .

Did you know that Radcot Bridge at Oxford is the oldest bridge over the River Thames ? It dates from around 1150, built by Cistercian monks. In 1387 the bridge was badly damaged during a battle which takes its name – Richard II ’s forces defeated by those of the future Henry IV .

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