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The mound, Oxford

Oxford Castle, or mound, was the site of the castle built in 1071 shortly after the Norman conquest. The castle was of a motte and bailey design with the bailey being located where Oxford Prison is now sited. Only the mound of the motte and St George's Tower now remain. Interestingly the city walls predate the castle.

comments (18)

Oh interesting history bit and fantastic perspective!!!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Mar 2011, 07:17
Excellent John: that cyclist is perfectly positioned
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 Mar 2011, 07:53
Great photo good info
The cyclist makes the picture John
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Mar 2011, 08:14
The cyclist looks as if he is guarded by two sentries.
The cyclist looks so tiny!
Excellent capture John!
Very interesting composition. I like it a lot.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 1 Mar 2011, 12:34
Great image. Looks like you took this image at exactly the right moment !
The biker is perfectly placed, good view point. smile
Great composition John..he couldn't have posed better.
An excellent capture John. The cyclist makes the picture.
Yes you were so lucky to get someone at the top of the hill John, it needed a person I feel to give it scale.
Interesting info John. I thought Oxford prison was now a hotel
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 1 Mar 2011, 19:13
wonderful setting, especially with the cyclist included.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 2 Mar 2011, 05:00
Interesting to read the history behind this scene. When I first viewed it, I thought what an unexpected landscape. The mound between the trees seems so out of place somehow.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Mar 2011, 08:15
This is awesome, John. A special bonus is the cyclist to give us scale.
Great angle to catch this bicycle man between the two big trees. Nice composition!
Have a nice day.
  • jess
  • Germany
  • 7 Mar 2011, 13:15
Splendid dual nature and well-composed, especially catching the biker central to the frame (adds this wonderful, contented element).

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