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The Market Town of Bicester-Oxfordshire, England

The market town of Bicester, Oxfordshire, England is probably one of the most well-regarded market towns in the southeastern portions of England. Sightseers and tourists will find that it's easy to get to by motorway from London as well as Birmingham and other cities. There is also a railroad line that connects Bicester to many other towns, including Oxford, which is home to Oxford University.

The Saxons are the earliest known settlers of the town and its environs, back in the 6th century. The present name for the town has been used since the middle-1600s, also, and there ruins left behind by the Romans only 2 miles to the south and west of Bicester itself. In the center of the town sits a priory built by the Augustinians and which dates to the 12th century.

Bicester is also well-known of for the quality of its historic architecture, with certain religious structures still standing and which go back to at least 1500. The town has been closely associated, also, with the military in one form or another. The Romans had a fort there, and the town was a headquarters for the Parliamentarians during the Civil War. There is also a present-day British Army ordnance facility outside Bicester.

The town's shopping district is first-rate, with many local and national-class stores and shops of various sizes. Tourists and sightseers will also find plenty of dining and drinking establishments to take their mid-day's ease at along with an extremely vibrant farmers market to shop for all manner of foodstuffs.

The town sits in the county of Oxfordshire, which is famous in its own right due to its being home of Oxford University, the oldest institution of its kind in the English-speaking world, and a wide variety of motorsports companies and biotech firms. Currently, 635, 000 residents call the county home. There are plenty of things to see and do in the town and the county at large.