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Welcome to our Oxford Webcams! These webcams are located in the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK (find on Google Maps). They are Axis M1011 webcams, serving an .h264 encoded stream via Wowza Media server. Comments and feedback are gratefully received! Email: webcam@oii.ox.ac.uk

About Camera 1

Camera 1 looks towards the south of St Giles, a street in central Oxford. The Victorian gothic Randolph Hotel is directly in front. To the left you can see the Martyrs' Memorial, which commemorates the Oxford Martyrs, Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley. The three Anglican bishops were tried for heresy in 1555 and subsequently burnt at the stake in Broad Street, located nearby just outside the old city walls (the site is marked by a cross sunk in the road). The monument was completed in 1843 after two years' work, having replaced "a picturesque but tottering old house".

As well as being a monument to the Reformation, the memorial is also a landmark of the 19th century Oxford Movement, propagated by John Keble, John Henry Newman and others. Profoundly alarmed at the Catholic realignment the movement was bringing into the Church of England, the Rev. Golightly and other low church Anglican clergy raised the funds for erecting the memorial (with its highly pro-Protestant and anti-Catholic inscription) as a public propaganda move.

Popular rumour is that students in the past have convinced tourists that it was the spire of an underground church. This would result in the tourists venturing down a flight of stairs near the Memorial which actually leads to the public toilets.

Blogged in the vicinity:

  • 26 April 2011: Second OII Webcam Goes Live: Sweeping Views of Northern St Giles Now in Reach!
  • 29 July 2010: En Saga: The Oxford Webcam and Why It Doesn't Go Down All the Time (Anymore, Hopefully)
  • 15 January 2010: More Friday Silliness: An Igloo on Balliol Quad
  • 6 January 2010: The OII Snow Commute (Riding Through A Winter Wonderland)
  • 17 December 2009: The Urban Christmas Card: Snowmen, Snow and Grit (OX1 Style)
  • 2 December 2009: The Queen opens the new Ashmolean Museum; the OII is there to film it!
  • 13 November 2009: The Ashmolean Museum is the Coolest Place To Be This Week (I heard; I saw, I agree)

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