Park Town, Oxford

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Park Town
Park Town, Oxford - crescent.JPG
The main crescent of Park Town
Park Town is located in Oxfordshire
Park Town
Park Town
 Park Town shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference SP512078
Civil parish Unparished
District Oxford
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Oxford
Postcode district OX2
Dialling code 01865
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Oxford West and Abingdon
Website Oxford City Council
List of places
UK
England
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Coordinates: 51°45′58″N 1°15′40″W / 51.766°N 1.261°W / 51.766; -1.261

Terraced houses on the north side of the main crescent of Park Town.
North side of the main Park Town crescent, with a traditional Victorian Penfold-style hexagonal pillar box.

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 listed.[1]

History and overview[edit]

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 efforts.[2]

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 War.[3]

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.

Individual houses[edit]

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 Town.[4] 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 Oxford.[5]

5 Park Town was the second home of the Central Labour College (1910–1911) before it moved to 11–13 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London.[citation 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 2009.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

Other former residents include:[7]

References[edit]

  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". Halhed genealogy & family trees. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Results List: Sarah Angelina Acland". Oxford: Museum of the History of Science. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  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 (2012 June 2012). "Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle commemorated with honorary Oxford degree". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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