Oxford is a city in the South East region of England and the county town of Oxfordshire. With a population of 159,994. The city is known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Oxford was first settled in Saxon times and was initially known as "Oxenaforda", meaning "Ford of the Oxen". Oxford has a maritime temperate climate precipitation is uniformly distributed throughout the year and is provided mostly by weather systems that arrive from the Atlantic. As well as being a major draw for tourists (9.1 million in 2008, similar in 2009), Oxford city centre has many shops, several theatres and an ice rink. The historic buildings make this location a popular target for film and TV crews.