High Street, Oxford facts for kids
The High Street from St Mary's, looking east
|Other name(s)||The High|
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|East end||Magdalen Bridge|
|Known for||Oxford colleges and buildings|
The street has been described by Nikolaus Pevsner as "one of the world's great streets". 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 The Queen's College on the right is an especially popular view. There are many historical buildings on the street, including the University of Oxford buildings and colleges. Locally the street is often known as "The High".
To the north are (west to east): Lincoln College (main entrance on Turl Street, including All Saints Church, now Lincoln College's library.), 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 and Fine Art, the Eastgate Hotel (at the original entrance to the city) and the Botanic Garden.
The architectural critic Nikolaus Pevsner wrote in 1974 that
"The High Street is one of the world’s great streets. It has everything."
He may have been echoing Thomas Hardy's comment in Jude the Obscure:
"And there's a street in the place — the main street — that ha'n't another like it in the world."
The following streets, also of historical significance, are off the High Street:
- 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
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