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High Street
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The High Street from St Mary's, looking east
Other name(s) The High
Location Oxford, England
Postal code OX1
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East end Magdalen Bridge
West end Carfax
South M
Other
Known for Oxford colleges and buildings
Arthur James Melhuish (XIX. century) View of High Street Oxford SFMOMA
19th century photograph of the High Street looking west with University College on the left and the spires of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin and All Saints Church in the distance.
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View along south side of the High Street from the Carfax end.
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The University Church of St Mary the Virgin on the northern side of the High Street.
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The Queen's College, also on the northern side of the High Street.
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Magdalen College with its tower, at the eastern end of the High Street.
University College front to the High Street Oxford
University College, on the south side of the High Street.
Oriel College Rhodes Building
The Rhodes Building of Oriel College on the south side of the High Street.

The High Street in Oxford, England, runs between Carfax, generally recognized as the centre of the city, and Magdalen Bridge to the east.

Overview

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".

Major buildings

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.

Commentary

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."

Adjoining streets

The following streets, also of historical significance, are off the High Street:

Gallery

Panoramic view of the High Street looking south from the tower of St Mary's Church.

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