Clarendon Shopping Centre

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Clarendon Centre
The entrance from Shoe Lane.
LocationOxford, England
Coordinates51°45′09″N 1°15′31″W / 51.75248°N 1.25861°W / 51.75248; -1.25861Coordinates: 51°45′09″N 1°15′31″W / 51.75248°N 1.25861°W / 51.75248; -1.25861
Opening date1984 (refurbished 2012)
ArchitectGordon Benny and Partners
No. of stores and services30

The Clarendon Centre (or Clarendon Shopping Centre[1]) is a shopping centre in central Oxford, England.[2] It is located to the west of Cornmarket Street and to the north of Queen Street. It is accessible from both of these streets and is L-shaped. There is also an entrance on Shoe Lane, off New Inn Hall Street.

The area was the site of an early archaeological study in the 1950s.[3] On this site was the Clarendon Hotel in Cornmarket that grew from two former coaching inns, the King's Head and the Star. Below was a 12th-century undercroft.

The Clarendon Centre was built in 1983–4, designed by Gordon Benny and Partners.[2] On the opposite side of Cornmarket is the more historic Golden Cross shopping arcade, located in the medieval courtyard of one of the coaching inns of Oxford, leading to the Covered Market.[4] Also at the western end of Queen Street is the Westgate Shopping Centre, which was extensively redeveloped and extended in 2017.

In 2012, a plan to extend the centre floorspace by 10% was put forward.[5] Archaeologists carried out an excavation beneath the site to discover remains of occupation from the 17th century and earlier.[6]


  1. ^ "Shopping Centre at Clarendon Shopping Centre". Visit Oxfordshire. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Clarendon Centre". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 94. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.
  3. ^ Hassall, Tom (1987). Oxford: The Buried City. Oxford Archaeological Unit. pp. 6, 34. ISBN 0 904220 09 5.
  4. ^ "Plans for new Clarendon Center put forward (2012)". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Oxford's Clarendon Centre grows to 'defend itself'". Oxford Mail. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Shoppers pop in to see what lies beneath Clarendon centre at archaeology day". Oxford Mail. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.

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