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Oxford Town Hall

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Oxford Town Hall is in St Aldate's Street in the centre of Oxford, England1 It is a centre of local government in the city and also houses the Museum of Oxford Oxford is a city with its own charter, but the building is always called the "town hall" Parts of the building can be hired for events2


  • 1 History
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 Sources and further reading
  • 5 External links


Oxford's Guildhall was built on the site in 1292 It was replaced by the first Town Hall in 1752, designed by Isaac Ware In 1891, an architectural design competition was held for a new building on the same site The local architect Henry Hare won with a Jacobethan design The 1752 building was demolished in 1893 and the current building was completed in 1897

The new building originally housed the public library and police station as well as the city council During the First World War, the building was converted into the Town Hall section of the 3rd Southern General Hospital From 1916, it specialised in treating soldiers suffering from malaria3 In 1936 Oxford City Police moved to a new police station further down St Aldate's The central public library is now in the Westgate Centre in Queen Street

See alsoedit

  • Oxford City Council


  1. ^ Hibbert 1988, pp 454–455
  2. ^ "Oxford Town Hall – The Venue for All Occasions" Oxford City Council 2012 Retrieved 17 December 2014 
  3. ^ "Third Southern General Hospital in Oxford in World War I" wwwoxfordhistoryorguk Retrieved 2015-11-10 

Sources and further readingedit

  • Hibbert, Christopher, ed 1988 "Town Hall" The Encyclopaedia of Oxford London: Macmillan ISBN 0-333-39917-X 
  • Rose, Geoff 1979 A Pictorial History of the Oxford City Police Oxford: Oxford Publishing Co ISBN 0-86093-094-7 
  • Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus 1974 Oxfordshire The Buildings of England Harmondsworth: Penguin Books p 302 ISBN 0-14-071045-0 
  • Tyack, Geoffrey 1998 Oxford An Architectural Guide Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press pp 259–262 ISBN 0-19-817423-3 

External linksedit

  • "Virtual Tour of the Oxford Town Hall" Oxford City Council Virtual Tours Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford 2004 
  • Jenkins, Stephanie 13 September 2012 "The new Town Hall, Oxford" Oxford History, Mayors & Lord Mayors 

Coordinates: 51°45′6″N 1°15′26″W / 5175167°N 125722°W / 5175167; -125722

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