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Exloring Oxford City Wall

6 August 2013


We were:  Jasmine, Nimmi, Jim, Paul, Joanna, Ann and Malcolm.




Jim led us on an engrossing voyage of discovery around the medieval city wall (bits still standing, lost,

and some found again).


The two sources which Jim found very helpful were:


Quite a lot of other good local stuff on this site, too.


Specifically http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=22810&strquery=oxford%20wall

This site, although seemingly not written for readability, is packed with good stuff.


I found good references to the wall in relation to the architecture of adjacent buildings in ‘Oxford, An Architectural Guide’ by Geoffrey Tyack, OUP, 1998.  There are good maps of the wall past and present, and pages 22-23 give a succinct account of the construction and the layout of bastions and gates.  The wall also gets a mention in his description of the laying out of Merton and New College.


We had time to lose ourselves in non-wall traces of medieval Oxford and subsequent over-building:


Roger Bacon Lane is named after the Oxford Franciscan scholar and teacher, the ‘Doctor Mirabilis’ who excelled in all then known (and some unknown) sciences.  He looks a trifle glum here, but his curiosity might be aroused by the brutalist  appearance of this walkway that bears his name.


















There are also some intriguingly sinister places in the vicinity:












And lest you lose your way, the Council has provided a map, with a clear focus on the Temple Cowley Swimming Pool (until they demolish it):

















No circumnavigation of the Oxford City Wall can ignore the colleges.  We enjoyed seeing the new wing of Christ Church in the meadow.  This picture provides a flavour  - possibly strawberry.













IMG_0105 Roger Bacon Temple Cowley pool Roger-Bacon IMG_0106 IMG_0113