Oxfordshire, a land-locked county, is rich in geology, varied in landscape, steeped in history. Through it run the tranquil of the Thames. To the north are the golden stone villages and upland sheep pastures of the Cotswolds. The River Cherwell winds through peaceful cattle meadows and past the walls of the oldest and most celebrated university city in Britain. Great country houses like Blenheim and Chastleton contrast with the car assembly works at Cowley. From the rounded hills in the north to the Chiltern beechwoods in the south, John Steane provides a richly informative guide and an unrivalled sense of place. With an area of 1, 007 square miles, a population of 560, 000 and towns such as Oxford, Abingdon, Banbury, Henley, Witney and Woodstock, Oxfordshire is one of the most literate - and visited counties in Britain.
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Author Biography - John Steane
John Steane was educated at Dulwich College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He is a consultant archaeologist and part-time tutor at Kellogg College, Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Institure of Field Archaeologists. Previously, he was Headmaster of Kettering Grammar School (1964-76), and County Archaeologist for Oxfordshire (1976-1990). He has undertaken research into many aspects of the historic landscape, including fishponds, palaces and parks. He is the author of The Northamptonshire Landscape (1974), Peopling Past Landscapes (with B.F. Dix, 1978), The Archaeology of Medieval England and Wales (1984), and The Archaeology of the Medieval English Monarchy (1993). He is currently working on aspects of the history of Magdalen College, Oxford.