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Brewer Street, Oxford

Brewer Street is a historic narrow street in central Oxford, England, south of Carfax1 The street runs east-west, connecting with St Aldate's to the east and St Ebbe's Street to the west


  • 1 History
  • 2 Institutions
  • 3 Famous people
  • 4 Gallery
  • 5 References


Originally, the area was occupied by butchers and slaughters, giving it the name Sleyng Lane in 14782 The lane became known as Sleyne Lane in 1690, Slaying Lane in 1811, Slaughter Lane in 1840 In 1772, it became Brewer Street and Lane In 1932, the street was marked with a sign of "Brewers Street" at the St Aldate's end and "Brewer Street" at the St Ebbe's end The latter was adopted on 14 January 1932 The current street name derives from a brewhouse in the location, dating from the 17th century


Campion Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, is on the south side3 The hall is run by the Society of Jesus It is the only building in Oxford designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was opened in 19364 The building was Grade II listed in 20005 Rose Place is further to the south

Christ Church Cathedral School, associated with Christ Church Cathedral and College close to the school on the other side of St Aldate's, is located at 3 Brewer Street The school educates the choristers for the cathedral and college The house of Cardinal Wolsey, the founder of the college, is still used for teaching6

Pembroke College, one of the colleges of Oxford University, is on the north side of the street, with its main entrance in Pembroke Square Part of the city wall is preserved in the exterior wall of Pembroke College on Brewer Street Other parts can be found in the gardens of New College and Merton College In 2010, Pembroke College began a major new development south of the main site, to which it will be linked by a bridge over Brewer Street The new buildings are expected to be completed in 20127

Famous peopleedit

The author Dorothy L Sayers 1893–1957 was born at 1 Brewer Street on 13 June 18938 The house is marked with a blue plaque



  1. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus 1974 The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire Penguin Books pp 34, 182, 184, 224, 301, 326 ISBN 0-14-071045-0 
  2. ^ Symonds, Ann Spokes; Morgan, Nigel 2011 The Origins of Oxford Street Names Witney, Oxfordshire: Robert Boyd Publications p 79 ISBN 978 1 899536 99 3 
  3. ^ Tyack, Geoffrey 1998 Oxford: An architectural guide Oxford University Press pp 286–287 ISBN 0-14-071045-0 
  4. ^ Brown, Jane 1996 Lutyens and the Edwardians: An English Architect and his Clients London: Viking pp 223–227 ISBN 0-670-85871-4 
  5. ^ Historic England "Details from image database 244871" Images of England 
  6. ^ "Christ Church Cathedral School" BoardingSchoolscouk Archived from the original on 10 September 2011 Retrieved 7 June 2011 
  7. ^ "Pembroke College, Oxford to expand significantly" News releases for journalists University of Oxford, UK 2 November 2010 Retrieved 7 June 2011 
  8. ^ Warr, Elizabeth Jean 2011 The Oxford Plaque Guide Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press pp 113–114 ISBN 978-0-7524-5687-4  External link in |publisher= help

Coordinates: 51°44′59″N 1°15′30″W / 517497°N 12582°W / 517497; -12582

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