geographical name \ˈäks-fərd-ˌshir, -shər\

Definition of OXFORDSHIRE

county S cen England Oxford area 1044 square miles (2704 square kilometers), pop 553,800


Ox·ford·shire or Oxford


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Administrative (pop., 2001: 605,492) and historic county, south-central England. It consists of two upland areas divided by a broad vale. Evidence of inhabitation dates from the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods. Dorchester was an important Roman settlement; subsequent Saxon settlement was concentrated along the Thames River valley. The county saw action during the English Civil Wars. Oxfordshire's economy is basically agricultural, with sheep farming and wool production. Cowley, a suburb of the county seat of Oxford, is the major industrial centre.


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