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George Street, Oxford

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George Street is a street in central Oxford, England2 It is a shopping street running east-west


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 History
  • 3 References
  • 4 Sources


Its eastern end meets Broad Street at a crossroads with Cornmarket Street to the south and Magdalen Street to the north Its western end meets Hythe Bridge Street at a crossroads with Worcester Street

The New Theatre Oxford, Oxford's main commercial theatre, is on the north side of the street For a time it was the Apollo Theatre but it has now reverted to its earlier name The Burton Taylor Studio is in Gloucester Street, which runs off the north side of George Street Number 40 on the north side is the OFS Studio

Gloucester Green bus station is off the north of George Street at the western end Companies including the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach in Oxfordshire operate services from here

Oxford Business College is at 65 George Street3


George Street is just outside the formerly walled part of Oxford, running parallel with the medieval wall Buildings on the south side of the street occupy plots that were formerly part of the defensive ditch outside the wall

The former City of Oxford High School for Boys building on the south side of the street was designed by T G Jackson and built in 1880-814 In 1966 the school moved to the Southfields Grammar School site and its former building became the University of Oxford Classics Department Since 2007 the building has housed the University's Faculty of History

WF Lucas' ready-to-wear clothing factory on the south side of the street was designed by Harry Drinkwater and built by local contractor T H Kingerlee in 18925 As a factory it employed 300 workers5 It is now divided into a number of retail and office premises

The brick buildings of the former fire station and Corn Exchange on the north side of the street were designed by HW Moore and built in 18946 By 1974 the fire station had moved to Rewley Road and its former building had been converted to a community arts centre The Old Fire Station Arts Centre run by the charity Oxford Area Arts Council and used occasionally by Anvil Productions, the Oxford Playhouse Company, for rehearsals6 It has since been the Old Fire Station Theatre and is now the OFS Studio

The present New Theatre was built in 1933 It is the third New Theatre on the site, replacing successive buildings completed in 1836 and 1886

The Ritz Cinema on the north side of George Street was built in 19367 Since then it has changed owners and names a number of times It is now the Odeon George Street8


  1. ^ "Walking directions to George St" Google Retrieved 7 October 2013 
  2. ^ George Street, Oxford History
  3. ^ Oxford Business College
  4. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, p 303
  5. ^ a b Woolley, 2010, page 88
  6. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 324
  7. ^ "New Oxford Cinema Opened" The Oxford Times 24 April 1936 
  8. ^ ODEON — Oxford George St, Odeon, UK


  • Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus 1974 Oxfordshire The Buildings of England Harmondsworth: Penguin Books pp 303, 324 ISBN 0-14-071045-0 
  • Woolley, Liz 2010 "Industrial Architecture in Oxford, 1870 to 1914" Oxoniensia Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society LXXV: 88 ISSN 0308-5562 

Coordinates: 51°45′13″N 1°15′42″W / 517535°N 12617°W / 517535; -12617

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