Ernest Coffin, Oxford Illustrated Guide may be obtained from Official Information Bureau, Room S, 16 Cornmarket, Oxford, ca. 1938

Built in 1546, Christ Church Cathedral serves the University of Oxford and the Church of England. The Tom Tower (1681-1682) depicted here stands in Oxford’s largest quad. England declared war against Germany in 1939 after the invasion of Poland. Britain avoided German occupation with a victory in the Battle of Britain (June-July, 1940). Oxford was one of England’s major cities to remain unscathed. Britain remained a constant force against the Germans, fighting on behalf of many European nations throughout WWII. A set of war memorials listing staff and students killed in World War I and II was later placed at the cathedral’s main entrance.

Ernest Coffin (British, ca. 1868-1944) Oxford, ca. 1938 Lithograph on paper Gift of Elma Pratt