Park Town, Oxford
The main crescent of Park Town
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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.
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.
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 but some have been restored.
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. 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.
Former residents include:
- Edmund Bowen FRS (1898–1980), chemist and Fellow of University College.
- Godfrey Rolles Driver CBE, FBA (1892–1975), orientalist and Fellow of Magdalen College.
- Professor Sir Michael Dummett (1925-2011), philosopher and anti-racism campaigner, All Souls College, New College, Wykeham Professor of Logic.
- Charles Sutherland Elton FRS (1900–1991), zoologist, ecologist and Fellow of Corpus Christi College.
- John Flemming (1941–2003), economist and Warden of Wadham College.
- James Clerk Maxwell Garnett CBE (1880–1958), educationist and Secretary of the League of Nations.
- Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese political campaigner.
- Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winning novelist.
- William Richard Morfill (1834–1909), first Professor of Russian and Slavonic Languages at Oxford, lived at number 42 and is commemorated by a blue plaque
- Leonid Pasternak (1862–1945), Russian painter, spent the last six years of his life living with his daughter Lydia Pasternak Slater (1902–1989), chemist and poet, at no. 20. Leonid Pasternak was the father of Boris Pasternak, poet and author of Doctor Zhivago, but he remained in Russia until his death. Ann Pasternak Slater, academic and translator, is the daughter of Lydia Pasternak Slater.
- "1–61, Parktown, Oxford". Listed Buildings in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- "Park Town Estate Co Ltd". Bodleian Library, Oxford. UK: The National Archives. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
- Hinchcliffe 1992, p. not cited.
- Spokes Symonds 1998, pp. 95–96.
- "Sarah Angelina (Angie) Acland". www.halhed.com. Halhed genealogy & family trees. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "Results List: Sarah Angelina Acland". Oxford: Museum of the History of Science. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- The Plebs Magazine, Volumes 3-4 (Kraus, 1970), pp. 66 & 142
- Kelly 1976, p. 417.
- Spokes Symonds 1998, pp. 81–83.
- "Remembering Michael Dummett". The New York Times. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- Davies, Caroline (20 June 2012). "Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle commemorated with honorary Oxford degree". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- MacAlister, Katherine (4 September 2014). "Ian McEwan talks ahead of his city date". Oxford Mail.
- "William Richard Morfill (1834–1909)". Plaques Awarded, Oxford City. Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- Christopher J. Barnes, Boris Pasternak: A Literary Biography, Volume 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2004), p. 164
Sources and further reading
- Chance, Eleanor; Colvin, Christina; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Hassall, T.G.; Selwyn, Nesta (1979). Crossley, Alan; Elrington, C.R. (eds.). A History of the County of Oxford. Victoria County History. 4: The City of Oxford.
- Hinchcliffe, Tanis (1992). North Oxford. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-05184-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Kelly, Frederic Festus, ed. (1976). "Park Town". Kelly's Directory of Oxford (68th ed.). Kingston-upon-Thames: Kelly's Directory. p. 417.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 320–321. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
- Spokes Symonds, Ann (1998). "Families". The Changing Faces of North Oxford. Book One. Witney: Robert Boyd Publications. pp. 81–83, 95–96. ISBN 1-899536-25-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Tyack, Geoffrey (1998). Oxford An Architectural Guide. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 215–216. ISBN 0-19-817423-3.
- Media related to Park Town, Oxford at Wikimedia Commons