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Park Town, Oxford

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OS grid reference  SP512078
Region  South East
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Shire county  Oxfordshire
Dialling code  01865
Civil parish  Unparished
Country  England
Post town  Oxford
District  Oxford
UK parliament constituency  Oxford West and Abingdon
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Park Town is a small residential area in central North Oxford, a suburb of Oxford, England. It was one of the earliest planned suburban developments in the area and most of the houses are Grade II listed.


Map of Park Town, Oxford, UK

History and overview

Samuel Lipscomb Seckham (1827–1900) developed the houses in the main crescent in 1853–54, with Bath stone front elevations, and the west-facing crescent with an elevated pavement known as "The Terrace" in 1854–55. The Park Town Estate Company was formed in September 1857 through Seckham's efforts.

Many of the houses and gardens in Park Town were originally surrounded by ornamental iron railings. Many of these were removed for war use in the Second World War.

Park Town includes two crescents of town houses, surrounding communal gardens and a number of larger villas.

To the west is Banbury Road with Canterbury Road on the opposite side and to the east is the Dragon School. St Anne's College has student accommodation here.

Parktown and it's distinctive architecture featured in the ITV series Inspector Morse ( episode: The Way Through The Woods ).

Individual houses

Miss Sarah Angelina Acland (1849–1930), daughter of Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, lived for the latter part of her life and died at her home in (then No. 7) Park Town. Her interest in colour photography at the turn of the 20th century produced a number of significant early examples, which are held at the Museum of the History of Science in central Oxford.

5 Park Town was the second home of the Central Labour College (1910–1911) before it moved to 11–13 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London.

42 Park Town was the home of William Richard Morfill (1834–1909), who was the first Professor of Russian and Slavonic Languages at Oxford University. He is commemorated by a blue plaque on the building that the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board installed in 2009.

Notable residents

Other former residents include:

  • Edmund Bowen FRS (1898–1980), chemist and Fellow of University College.
  • Godfrey Rolles Driver CBE, FBA (1892–1975), orientalist and Fellow of Magdalen College.
  • Professor Sir Michael Dummett DLitt (Hon), FBA (1925-2011), philosopher and anti-racism campaigner, All Souls College, New College, Wykeham Professor of Logic.
  • Charles Sutherland Elton FRS (1900–1991), zoologist, ecologist and Fellow of Corpus Christi College.
  • John Flemming (1941–2003), economist and Warden of Wadham College.
  • James Clerk Maxwell Garnett CBE (1880–1958), educationist and Secretary of the League of Nations.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese political campaigner
  • References

    Park Town, Oxford Wikipedia

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