New College Lane
At the northwestern end of New College Lane is a junction onto Catte Street, with the Sheldonian Theatre opposite. The main feature is the Bridge of Sighs, a covered bridge connecting two parts of Hertford College, which was completed in 1914 and attracts many tourists for the view. Also to the north is a small alley leading past some of the historic city wall to the Turf Tavern, a hidden but favourite public house for students and tourists.
The lane has several sharp bends following the boundaries of the surrounding colleges. In particular, there is a rear entrance to New College. The lane is largely surrounded by high stone walls with few windows. Some good examples of gargoyles can be seen, a feature of Oxford college architecture.
Past and present residents of the lane include:
- Emily Benn - Labour Parliamentary candidate.
- Edmond Halley - English Astronomer Royal known for computing the orbit of Halley's Comet.
Local legend claims that, during the English Civil War, Prince Rupert gathered volunteers here for an unsuccessful mounted raid on the Parliamentarian’s pay train. Andrews links reports of the sound of clattering hooves and men in armour reported here to this legend via Stone Tape theory. Yurdan also mentions a phantom horse and carriage reported here by Isis on June 5th, 1968.
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- Tyack, Geoffrey (1998). Oxford: An architectural guide. Oxford University Press. pp. 41, 42, 106, 275, 276. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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- Andrews, Ross (2010). "Ghost Walk - The Free One". Paranormal Oxford. Chalford, Gloucestershire: Amberley. p. 29-31. ISBN 978-1-4456-0002-4.
- Yurdan, Marilyn (2002). "Oxford City and University". Unexplained Oxford and Oxfordshire. Dunstable, Bedfordshire: The Book Castle. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-9037-4721-6.