Oxford History: City Wall


The Little Gate in the South Wall

Little Gate (or Little South Gate) was at the exact point where St Ebbe’s Street meets Littlegate Street, and explains why what is now a continuous road suddenly has a change of name here. It was earlier known as Water Gate, and had a small arched gateway for pedestrians and a larger one for carts.

An engraving by Skelton shows the ruins of the old gate.

Brewer Street
Above: The Little Gate was positioned in an an extension to this part of the wall

Below: close-up of the plaque visible in the distance in the first picture
Littlegate inscription

The south wall then reappears on the other side of the road behind Nos. 8–10 Turn again Lane (not on public view), although it has been rebuilt here:

Wall behind Oxford Preservation Trust

It then moves in a north-westerly direction until it reaches the junction of Castle Street and Paradise Street, which was the site of the old West Gate.

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©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 12 September, 2012

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