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Oxpens Road

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Oxpens Road is a road in central Oxford, England, linking west and south Oxford1 It is named after the marshy area of Oxpens,2 next to one of the branches of the River Thames in Oxford It forms part of the A420 road


  • 1 Locale
  • 2 History
  • 3 Gallery
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


To the northwest, Oxpens Road becomes Hollybush Row, meeting at Frideswide Square, forming the major junction of the Botley Road, Park End Street and Hythe Bridge Street near the Saïd Business School and Oxford railway station to the west of the city centre To the southeast it becomes Thames Street, just north of the River Thames, and meets the junction with the south end of St Aldates near Christ Church Meadow to the south of the city centre It forms part of an inner ring road for the southwest part of the centre of Oxford

Halfway along is the Oxford Ice Rink, a distinctive 1984 building by Nicholas Grimshaw,2 which is the home of the Oxford City Stars ice hockey team One of the campuses of the City of Oxford College is located here on the north side The road crosses the southern end of the Castle Mill Stream just before it reaches the River Thames Oxpens Road also provides access to major car parks for the centre of Oxford, including the Westgate Shopping Centre


Before 1850, Oxpens Road was known as Nun's Walk This area used to be the location of a gasworks by the river3

The locality was one of the poorer quarters of central Oxford In the 1950s and 1960s there was large-scale clearance of the area, known as The Oxpens Many residents were moved to Blackbird Leys, an estate consisting largely of council housing on the outskirts of southeast Oxford and close to Morris Motors Limited in Cowley, which provided employment The area around Oxpens was almost entirely redeveloped during the second half of the 20th century

Close to Oxpens Road on St Thomas Street was the Morrells Brewery aka The Lion Brewery, near the Castle Mill Stream, which closed in 19984


See alsoedit

  • St Ebbes
Next crossing upstream Castle Mill Stream Next crossing downstream
Swan Bridge Oxpens Road
Grid reference: SP509058


  1. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus 1974 The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire Penguin Books pp 303, 328 ISBN 0-14-071045-0 
  2. ^ a b c Tyack, Geoffrey 1998 Oxford: An architectural guide Oxford University Press pp 334–335 ISBN 0-14-071045-0 
  3. ^ "Oxford – Berkshire: 006/03, Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 —Epoch 1" UK: British History Online 1878 Retrieved 28 December 2012  External link in |publisher= help
  4. ^ "Morrells Brewery up for Sale" thisisoxfordshire Newsquest Media Group 9 July 1998 Archived from the original on 1 December 2008 Retrieved 28 December 2012  External link in |work= help

External linksedit

  • Oxford Directory information
  • Oxford Cherwell Valley College

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