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Preston is a city in Lancashire in the north west of England. The city lies on the banks of the River Ribble which forms the southern boundary of the city. To the north east is the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde lies to the west. The city is roughly 30 miles to the north west of Manchester and 25 miles to the north east of Liverpool. Textiles have been produced in Preston since the 13th century and the inventor of the spinning frame, Sir Richard Arkwright, was born in Preston.
Landmarks to enjoy in Preston include St. Walburge's Church, which at 94 meters has the tallest spire on a church that is not a cathedral in England, the Miller Arcade, the Town Hall, the Harris Museum, the Minster Church of St. John the Evangelist, the former Corn Exchange and Public Hall, St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church and many other Georgian buildings on Winckley Square.
Preston railway station is a major stop on the West Coast Main Line with regular services to London Euston and the south east of England, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Fort William. It is also an important rail hub for local and regional services for the north west of England.
The historic university city of Oxford is located in the county of Oxfordshire and is roughly 35 miles to the east of Cheltenham and 30 miles to the south west of Milton Keynes. Although known for its university the economy of Oxford is also reliant on car making, publishing, science and technology, bellfounding and brewing. Several of the University's colleges had private breweries which includes Brasenose College whose brewery survived until 1889.
Oxford used to be an important port of the River Thames, although the section of the Thames that runs through Oxford is called The Isis. To accommodate commercial traffic the Oxford-Burcot Commission in the 17th century took steps to improve the navigability of the river. The Oxford Canal was constructed in the 18th century in order to connect Oxford with the Midlands. Commercial traffic has given way to recreational use of the river and canal. Oxford was the original base of Salters Steamers and there is a regular service from Folly Bridge downstream to Abingdon and beyond.
Interesting attractions in the city include the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral, The Headington Shark, the Museum of History and Science and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.