View of University of Oxford
Engraver: Lewis, FC
The University had been in existence since the early middle ages and its buildings dominated the town. During the 17th century much of the industrial work in the city was devoted entirely to the needs of the university. Travelogue author, Celia Fiennes visited the city in the 1690s, commenting: "Its situation is fine on a round hill, environ'd round with hills adorn'd with Woods and Enclosures." She described the town as "pleasant and compact" and noted that "the Theater stands the highest of all [buildings]" in a skyline "whose towers and spires appeares very well at a distance".