Observatory Street

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The brightly coloured terraced houses in Observatory Street.
Belsyre Court, a 1936 Grade II listed apartment block at the eastern end of Observatory Street.
The Radcliffe Observatory to the south, after which the street is named.

Observatory Street links at the eastern end Woodstock Road (opposite Bevington Road and St Anne's College and nearly opposite St Antony's College) in central North Oxford and at the western end Walton Street and the Jericho area of Oxford, England.

The street borders the north side of Green Templeton College, one of the Oxford University colleges, which has some student accommodation in the street.[1] The street is named after the Radcliffe Observatory (completed in 1794), which now forms a centrepiece for the College.[2] To the north is St Bernard's Road.

Observatory Street, developed from 1834,[3] mainly consists of terraced houses directly on the street, many characterized by brightly painted stuccoed fronts in a variety of colours, especially on the south side of the street, which is very late Georgian.[4][5] Once built as small dwellings for poorer inhabitants of Oxford, often workers on early railway and canal construction, the houses now command high prices because of the central location of the street, within easy walking distance of the city centre and round the corner from the soon to be constructed Oxford University Administration, Humanities and Mathematics site.[6]

Belsyre Court is located on the north side at the east end of Observatory Street, Woodstock Road, and the south side at the east end of St Bernard's Road.[3] It was designed by Ernest R. Barrow and built in 1936. Belsyre Court was the first large block of flats in Oxford.[3] An Inland Revenue office was located here from 1936 until the early 1990s.

Adelaide Street branches off Observatory Street partway along and runs parallel to the north at the western end, also connecting with Walton Street.


  1. ^ Observatory Street, Green Templeton College, Oxford.
  2. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Observatory Street". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 288. ISBN 0-333-39917-X. 
  3. ^ a b c Symonds, Ann Spokes (1998). The Changing Faces of North Oxford. Book Two. Witney: Robert Boyd Publications. pp. 13, 34. ISBN 1 899536 33 7. 
  4. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Penguin Books. p. 322. ISBN 0-14-071045-0. 
  5. ^ Observatory Street composite, Flickr.
  6. ^ Observatory Street Oxford OX2, House Prices.

Coordinates: 51°45′40″N 1°15′55″W / 51.76119°N 1.26541°W / 51.76119; -1.26541