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 Oxford
Park Town
Park Town
Park Town is located in Oxfordshire
Park Town
Park Town
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSP512078
Civil parish
  • Unparished
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOxford
Postcode districtOX2
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteOxford City Council
List of places
51°45′58″N 1°15′40″W / 51.766°N 1.261°W / 51.766; -1.261Coordinates: 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]


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[2] was formed in September 1857 through Seckham's efforts.[3]

Many of the houses and gardens in Park Town were originally surrounded by ornamental iron railings. Those for the detached houses were removed for war use in the Second World War[4] but some have been restored.


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.


Park Town and its distinctive architecture featured in the ITV television series Inspector Morse (episode: The Way Through The Woods).[citation needed]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Notable residents[edit]

Former residents include:[8]

The W. R. Morfill house at 42 Park Town, with blue plaque


  1. ^ "1–61, Parktown, Oxford". Listed Buildings in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Park Town Estate Co Ltd". Bodleian Library, Oxford. UK: The National Archives. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  3. ^ Hinchcliffe 1992, p. not cited.
  4. ^ a b Spokes Symonds 1998, pp. 95–96.
  5. ^ "Sarah Angelina (Angie) Acland". Halhed genealogy & family trees. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Results List: Sarah Angelina Acland". Oxford: Museum of the History of Science. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  7. ^ The Plebs Magazine, Volumes 3-4 (Kraus, 1970), pp. 66 & 142
  8. ^ Kelly 1976, p. 417.
  9. ^ Spokes Symonds 1998, pp. 81–83.
  10. ^ "Remembering Michael Dummett". The New York Times. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  11. ^ Davies, Caroline (20 June 2012). "Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle commemorated with honorary Oxford degree". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  12. ^ MacAlister, Katherine (4 September 2014). "Ian McEwan talks ahead of his city date". Oxford Mail.
  13. ^ "William Richard Morfill (1834–1909)". Plaques Awarded, Oxford City. Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  14. ^ Christopher J. Barnes, Boris Pasternak: A Literary Biography, Volume 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2004), p. 164

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