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Park Town, Oxford

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Park Town is a small residential area in central North Oxford, a suburb of Oxford, England It was one of the earliest planned suburban developments in the area and most of the houses are Grade II listed1


  • 1 History and overview
  • 2 Individual houses
  • 3 Notable residents
  • 4 References
  • 5 Sources and further reading
  • 6 External links

History and overviewedit

Samuel Lipscomb Seckham 1827–1900 developed the houses in the main crescent in 1853–54, with Bath stone front elevations, and the west-facing crescent with an elevated pavement known as "The Terrace" in 1854–55 The Park Town Estate Company was formed in September 1857 through Seckham's efforts2

Many of the houses and gardens in Park Town were originally surrounded by ornamental iron railings Many of these were removed for war use in the Second World War3

Park Town includes two crescents of town houses, surrounding communal gardens and a number of larger villas

To the west is Banbury Road with Canterbury Road on the opposite side and to the east is the Dragon School St Anne's College has student accommodation here

Parktown and it's distinctive architecture featured in the ITV series Inspector Morse episode: The Way Through The Woods

Individual housesedit

Miss Sarah Angelina Acland 1849–1930, daughter of Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, lived for the latter part of her life and died at her home in then No 7 Park Town4 Her interest in colour photography at the turn of the 20th century produced a number of significant early examples, which are held at the Museum of the History of Science in central Oxford5

5 Park Town was the second home of the Central Labour College 1910–1911 before it moved to 11–13 Penywern Road, Earls Court, Londoncitation needed

The former residence of William Morfill in Park Town, marked with a blue plaque

42 Park Town was the home of William Richard Morfill 1834–1909, who was the first Professor of Russian and Slavonic Languages at Oxford University He is commemorated by a blue plaque on the building that the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board installed in 20096

Notable residentsedit

Other former residents include:7

  • Edmund Bowen FRS 1898–1980,8 chemist and Fellow of University College
  • Godfrey Rolles Driver CBE, FBA 1892–1975, orientalist and Fellow of Magdalen College
  • Professor Sir Michael Dummett DLitt Hon, FBA 1925-2011, philosopher and anti-racism campaigner, All Souls College, New College, Wykeham Professor of Logic9
  • Charles Sutherland Elton FRS 1900–1991, zoologist, ecologist and Fellow of Corpus Christi College
  • John Flemming 1941–2003, economist and Warden of Wadham College
  • James Clerk Maxwell Garnett CBE 1880–1958,3 educationist and Secretary of the League of Nations
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese political campaigner10


  1. ^ "1–61, Parktown, Oxford" Listed Buildings in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England British Listed Buildings Retrieved 12 September 2012 
  2. ^ Hinchcliffe 1992, p not cited
  3. ^ a b Spokes Symonds 1998, pp 95–96
  4. ^ "Sarah Angelina Angie Acland" wwwhalhedcom Halhed genealogy & family trees Retrieved 19 January 2013 
  5. ^ "Results List: Sarah Angelina Acland" Oxford: Museum of the History of Science Retrieved 22 August 2016 
  6. ^ "William Richard Morfill 1834–1909" Plaques Awarded, Oxford City Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board Retrieved 2012-09-12 
  7. ^ Kelly 1976, p 417
  8. ^ Spokes Symonds 1998, pp 81–83
  9. ^ "Remembering Michael Dummett" The New York Times 4 January 2012 Retrieved 2012-09-12 
  10. ^ Davies, Caroline 20 June 2012 "Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle commemorated with honorary Oxford degree" The Guardian Retrieved 1 March 2016 

Sources and further readingedit

  • Chance, Eleanor; Colvin, Christina; Cooper, Janet; Day, CJ; Hassall, TG; Selwyn, Nesta 1979 Crossley, Alan; Elrington, CR, eds A History of the County of Oxford Victoria County History 4: The City of Oxford 
  • Hinchcliffe, Tanis 1992 North Oxford New Haven: Yale University Press ISBN 0-300-05184-0 
  • Kelly, Frederic Festus, ed 1976 "Park Town" Kelly's Directory of Oxford 68th ed Kingston-upon-Thames: Kelly's Directory p 417 
  • Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus 1974 Oxfordshire The Buildings of England Harmondsworth: Penguin Books pp 320–321 ISBN 0-14-071045-0 
  • Spokes Symonds, Ann 1998 "Families" The Changing Faces of North Oxford Book One Witney: Robert Boyd Publications pp 81–83, 95–96 ISBN 1-899536-25-6 
  • Tyack, Geoffrey 1998 Oxford An Architectural Guide Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press pp 215–216 ISBN 0-19-817423-3 

External linksedit

  • Media related to Park Town, Oxford at Wikimedia Commons

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