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What our removals experts love about Oxford to live and work

Posted on June 20, 2024 by Miranda

Oxford is a city that combines the ancient with the modern to create one vibrant, eclectic and beautiful place, so it’s easy to understand why the ISIS team loves living and working here.

Aptly named ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, Oxford’s architecture and history make it one of the most interesting places to explore.

From a university which pre-dates the Aztec empire, to the streams of new restaurants, shops and pop-ups, no matter how long you have lived in Oxford, there is always something new to discover.

As an Oxford-based removals company, we love having the chance to introduce newcomers to our city. Keep reading to discover what our team like the most about the city.

The history

Oxford is a city overflowing with history, some of it well-known, some of it less so. Many people are familiar with the story of the Churchills and the building of Blenheim Palace, and with the many stunning sites which make up the university. However, have you ever heard of the Oxford martyrs? This group of protestant heretics was burned at the stake in 1555 for their religious beliefs, and you can visit their memorial at the south end of St Giles’.

How about the siege of Oxford in the 1640s? King Charles based himself at Christ Church, one of Oxford’s most famous colleges, while the Parliamentarians sieged Royalist Oxford.

Or what about Oxford prison? This Norman building began life as a castle, before being transformed into a place of brutal punishment. Some fascinating inmates were housed there over the centuries, such as infamous 18th century murderess Mary Blandy, executed for murdering her father, and still said to haunt the prison to this day.

The water

The river that flows through and around the city is where we get our name from so of course they deserve an honourable mention in our favourite things about Oxford. To locals, the section of The Thames that flows through the city is known as the Isis – after the Egyptian goddess.

Punting is one of Oxford’s greatest traditions and a firm favourite with locals and visitors to the city in the summer months. We would recommend hiring a punt from Magdalen Bridge Boathouse to get the best view of the city’s iconic architecture.

The water is for more than just punting or training for the boat race though. It’s lined with fantastic restaurants and bars, such as The Perch at Binsey and The Trout at Wolvercote. There are also some stunning walks which follow the meandering waterways from the city.

The beauty

One of the best things about living in a city as old as Oxford is that you never know what’s around each corner. You can be in a buzzing, modern shopping area, turn a corner, and feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

As well as the beauty of the city itself, there are many stunning villages nearby. The rolling hills of the Cotswolds are just a stone’s throw away from the city with their own array of lovely boutiques, charming local pubs and peaceful countryside walks.

For the cinephiles among you, Oxford and the surrounding villages have been used in countless films and television programmes, and much fun can be had exploring the locations from your favourites, such as Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and, of course, Morse.

The people

One of our favourite parts of working in removals in and around Oxford is the range of people we get to meet. We get to know our customers well over the course of planning and executing their move, which means we know Oxford folk to be a fun and fascinating bunch.

Don’t just take our word for it though – why not come and visit and get to know them yourself?

Planning a move to Oxford? Get in touch with us today to get started. Call us on 01865 770227 or click for a quote.

How to move house with a cat 

Posted on September 19, 2023 by Peter Donaldson

There is nothing like a cat to complete a cosy home scenario.  Effortlessly pursuing a life of leisure cats will find the best sunspots or heating zones and make them theirs. Despite their flexibility, nonchalance, and effortless meditation, they are not best pleased when unexpected change comes out of the blue.  Plus, for a territorial animal moving into a whole new environment poses challenges to cats accustomed to doing their general rounds.  We suggest following these guidelines to ensure your cat has a smooth transition and re-integration on the other side. 

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How Your Business in Oxford Can Partner With Isis Removals & Storage 

Posted on July 21, 2022 by Peter Donaldson
How Your Business in Oxford Can Partner With Isis Removals & Storage 

Local connections 

Small businesses are important parts of the local economy. By creating small nexuses of financial independence, they encourage broader prosperity in the wider economy.  Entrepreneurs thrive through the small business model, and so does innovation.  Regionally based, they provide local jobs and generate community in the local landscape. In other words, they are essential for a prosperous and healthy town.  When local businesses create connections with each other, these benefits are increased. Therefore, by encouraging potential connections within local businesses in Oxford, community prosperity and local relationality are strengthened. 

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CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OFFICE HOURS

Posted on November 20, 2021 by Peter Donaldson

24/12/21 – 8am to 1pm
25/12/21 – Closed
26/12/21 – Closed
27/12/21 – Closed
28/12/21 – Closed
29/12/21 – 8am to 4pm
30/12/21 – 8am to 4pm
31/12/21 – 8am to 1pm
01/01/22 – Closed
02/01/22 – Closed
03/01/22 – Closed
04/01/22 – Open as normal.

Affordable Removals and Storage for Students in Oxford

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Peter Donaldson
Affordable Removals and Storage for Students in Oxford

For anyone lucky enough to get accepted by Oxford University, you’ll have the summer to prepare for the beginning of term excitedly. A massive achievement you should be proud of, and the excitement will build the closer moving day. You’ll need to consider some pragmatic things, one being how to transport your possessions to Halls of Residence or other shared living houses.

Most students need to be mindful of the cost and preserve their student loan to last several months. That’s why it’s essential to understand your budget and plan accordingly around it. An affordable relocation is necessary, but you shouldn’t have to compromise on service. By working with Isis Removals, you’ll get the best of both, and we’ll go into more detail on booking a budget-friendly relocation.

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Our New All Singing All Dancing Depot In Tolworth

Posted on October 5, 2020 by Peter Donaldson

THE brand new, state of the art Tolworth depot for The Master Removers Group was all-singing, all-dancing recently when it was chosen by country-pop duo Ward Thomas as the backdrop to their latest music video.

The duo’s connections come via their father Anthony and his company of 40 years, Ward Thomas Removals – which was the founding brand of The Master Removers Group (MRG).

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