Oxford is a much older street than its modern apartment buildings would indicate. It was first laid out in 1853-55 by John Arnold and James Lukin Robinson, Toronto land developers who came to Stratford in anticipation of the railway boom.
The Grand Trunk Railway arrived in Stratford in 1856, and Oxford Street was only a few blocks north of the main GTR line to Toronto. Some of the other Arnold and Robinson streets were Front, Bay, Well, Queen, Trinity, College, King, High, Regent and Frederick, all of which were close to the railway lines and yards.
The name Oxford is taken from the Town of Oxford, where England‘s oldest university is located. Situated in the heart of southern England, Oxford was said to be a favorite place for William Shakespeare during his travels to London.
Arou dthe world, there are some 32 cities, towns and counties named after Oxford, as well as hundreds of streets.
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