A Brief History of Oxford Time
One of Oxford’s many paradoxes is the way that the bells of Tom Tower simultaneously mark the passage of time and evoke a powerful sense of timelessness. Listening to the sequence of chimes that peal from Christ Church every evening without fail, it’s easy to feel transported out of the modern age by centuries of unchanging tradition. Time-travel of this kind is not without its pitfalls, however, as can be amply illustrated by a canter through Oxford’s peculiar relationship with the fourth dimension.
Beginning with Tom Tower itself, newcomers ar