High Street, Oxford

High Street, Oxford

The High Street in Oxford, England runs between Carfax, generally recognized as the centre of the city, and Magdalen Bridge to the east. Locally the street is often known as The High. It forms a gentle curve and is the subject of many prints, paintings, photographs, etc. The vista looking west towards Carfax with University College on the left and Queen's College on the right is an especially popular view. There are main historical buildings on the street, including Oxford University buildings and colleges. [Stephanie Jenkins, " [http://www.headington.org.uk/oxon/high/history/ History of the High] ".] The mid-point is at coord|51.7525|N|-1.252|W|.

To the north are (west to east): Lincoln College (main entrance in Turl Street), Brasenose College (main entrance in Radcliffe Square), St Mary's (the University Church), All Souls College, The Queen's College, St Edmund Hall (main entrance in Queen's Lane) and Magdalen College (including Magdalen Tower).

To the south are (west to east): Oriel College, University College (including the Boyle-Hooke plaque outside the Shelley Memorial), the Examination Schools, the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, the Eastgate Hotel (at the original entrance to the city) and the Botanic Garden.


Queen's Lane Coffee House (in the junction with Queen's Lane) was established in 1654 and is probably Oxford's first coffee house.

Despite an influx of chain stores in nearby Cornmarket Street, the High is home to a number of specialist independent retailers. These include Shepherd & Woodward (University outfitters), Payne & Son (goldsmiths), Sanders of Oxford (printsellers) and Waterfield's Books. To the north at the eastern end between Cornmarket and the Turl is the historic traditional Covered Market, established in 1774.

Edward Bracher, a pioneering Victorian photographer, had a shop at 26 High Street. Henry Taunt, another photographer, joined him as a member of staff in 1856. Taunt later returned to 41 High Street after the lease for his own shop premises in Broad Street expired in 1894.

83 High Street bears a blue plaque (10 October 2001) commemorating Sarah Cooper (1848–1932) marmalade maker, wife of Frank Cooper whose shop at 83–84 High Street was the origin of the "Frank Cooper" jam business (a brand now owned by Premier Foods). The company made "Oxford Marmalade" famous.

In June 1879, George Claridge Druce (also a noted botanist and later mayor of the city) moved to Oxford and set up a chemist's shop, Druce & Co., at 118 High Street. This continued until his death 1932.

Adjoining streets

* Alfred Street
* Catte Street
* Cornmarket Street
* King Edward Street
* Logic Lane
* Longwall Street
* Magpie Lane
* Merton Street
* Oriel Street
* Queen Street
* Queen's Lane
* St Aldate's
* Turl Street


External links

* [http://www.headington.org.uk/oxon/high/ The High, Oxford] including [http://www.headington.org.uk/oxon/high/tour/ tour] and [http://www.headington.org.uk/oxon/high/history/ history]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/oxford/content/webcams/oxford_high_st_webcam.shtml Webcam] from Carfax tower looking east down the High Street
* [http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/carfaxtower/default.html 360° Quicktime view from the top of Carfax Tower]
* [http://www.oxfordcityguide.com/ Oxford City Guide] including list of shops on The High

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