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Streets with changed names


Comprehensive list of Oxford street name changes, compiled by John Talbot (PDF)
The above list is comprehensive and includes all the changes

Hockmore Street
Above: Road sign for Hockmore Street in Cowley from the old part of the street, which no longer exists.
The newer part survives and curves around the back of the shopping centre and continues to Barns Road (map)

The table below lists the more recent changes and is designed to help people look up streets in old directories, and to find them on street maps. Most of the changes were necessitated by the twentieth-century absorption into the city of new suburbs which had names already in use.

Original Name

New Name

Notes

Date

Albert Road,
Summertown

Hobson Road

To avoid confusion with
Albert Street in Jericho

1961

Alexandra Road,
Headington

Gathorne Road

To avoid confusion with
Alexandra Road in West Oxford

1950

Alfred Street and
Alfred Lane, St Giles

Pusey Street and Pusey Lane

To avoid confusion with
Alfred Street off the High Street

c.1927

Barrack Road,
Headington

The Slade

To avoid confusion with
Barracks Lane

1931

Bocardo Road

St Michael’s Street

Bocardo prison long gone;
unfortunate connotations

1899

Brasenose Lane, Cowley

Brasenose Driftway

To avoid confusion with
Brasenose Lane in central Oxford

1935

Bridewell Lane

Frewin Court

Bridewell long gone;
bad connotations

1890–1

Catherine Street,
Central Oxford

Catte Street

To avoid confusion with Catherine Street in East Oxford (return to original name, considered undignified by Victorians)

1930

Cemetery Road, Cowley (formerly New Road)

Church Cowley Road

Removal of unpleasant name/
To commemorate Saxon settlement

1930

Cemetery Road,
Headington

Dunstan Road

1934

Charles Street

Turn Again Lane

Reversion to old name to avoid confusion with Charles Street in east Oxford

1972

Church Lane,
New Hinksey

Vicarage Lane

To avoid confusion with
Church Lane, Wolvercote

1955

Church Lane,
Old Headington

St Andrew’s Lane

1955

Church Street,
Cowley

Beauchamp Lane

To avoid confusion with each other
(and with Church Street, St Ebbe’s,
which later disappeared)

1955

Church Street,
Holywell

St Cross Road

Late 19C

Church Street,
New Headington

Perrin Street

1955

Church Street,
New Hinksey

Vicarage Road

1955

Church Street,
Old Headington

St Andrew’s Road

1955

Church Street,
Summertown

Rogers Street

1955

Cross Street,
Headington

Piper Street

To avoid confusion with
Cross Street in St Clement’s

1959

Cruel Lane,
Cowley

Crowell Road

Removal of unpleasant name

1939

East Street,
Headington

Bateman Street

To avoid confusion with
East Street in Osney

1959

Elms Road,
Headington Quarry

Gladstone Road

To avoid confusion with
Elms Road, Botley

c.1957

Ferry Road,
Jericho

Combe Road

To avoid confusion with
Ferry Road, New Marston

1959

George Street,
Cowley

Hendred Street

To avoid confusion with
each other and with
George Street in central Oxford

1955

George Street,
St Clements

Cave Street

1955

George Street,
Summertown

Middle Way

1955

Green Lane,
North Oxford

Squitchey Lane

To avoid confusion with
Green Road in Headington

1937

Green Road,
Wolvercote

Wolvercote Green

1941

Grove Street

Magpie Lane

To avoid confusion with Grove Street in Summertown and remove disreputable name (Grove = Grope etc.)

1920s

Grove Lane

Kybald Street

1920s

Henley Road

Iffley Road

Name given to the part of
the road being developed

mid-19th century

High Street,
Headington Quarry

Quarry High Street

To avoid confusion with
each other and with
Oxford’s High Street

1942

High Street,
New Headington

New High Street

1942

High Street,
Old Headington

Old High Street

1942

High Street,
St Clements

St Clements Street

1942

High Street,
St Thomas

St Thomas’ Street

Between 1947 and 1958

King Street,
Central Oxford

Merton Street

Rationalizaton of various names for
different parts of the street


Manor Road,
Old Headington

Osler Road

To avoid confusion with
Manor Road in East Oxford

1959

New Road,
Headington

Kennett Road

To avoid confusion with
New Road in central Oxford

1959

Park Place

South end of
Banbury Road

Renamed St Giles Road east c.1860,
and then taken into Banbury Road

 

Pembroke Street,
St Clements

Rectory Road

To avoid confusion with
Pembroke Street, St Aldate’s

1959

Redland Road,
Northway

Elizabeth Place

To honour the Queen’s Silver Jubilee

1977

St Giles Road East

Banbury Road

To avoid confusion with St Giles Street,
and to rationlize road numbering

c.1870

St Giles Road West

Woodstock Road

St John’s Road
North Oxford

St Bernard’s Road

To avoid confusion with St John Street

1960

St Mary Hall Lane

Oriel Street

Caused by the change of name of the college

By 1850

St Mary’s Road,
Headington Quarry

Quarry Hollow

To avoid confusion with
St Mary’s Road in East Oxford

1959

New Inn Hall
Street east

St Michael's Street

Before New Inn Hall Street was extended to George Street in 1872, it turned sharply right to Cornmarket, and both forks initially kept the name
(more information)

c.1900

Skimmery Hall
Lane

Oriel Street

Rationalizaton: Skimmery
Hall no longer existed

1838

South Street,
Headington

Gardiner Street

To avoid confusion with
South Street, Osney

1959

Union Street,
Jericho

Hart Street

To avoid confusion with
Union Street in east Oxford

1958

Western Road,
Headington

Holyoake Road

To avoid confusion with
Western Road in Grandpont

1959

William Street,
East Oxford

Tyndale Street

To avoid confusion with
each other and with
William Street in New Marston

1959

William Street,
Headington

Wilberforce Street

1959

There were many streets in St Ebbe’s with names also used in other places (e.g. Albert Street, Charles Street, New Street, Penson’s Gardens, Princes Street, Union Street); but these were not changed in 1959, as the whole parish was due to be swept away for redevelopment anyway.


Terrace and house names

Long roads leading out of Oxford tended to be developed piecemeal, so they could not at first be numbered. Thus single villas were given individual names, and groups of attached houses n terrace names. These names are long-forgotten, but they appear in censuses and in parish registers. It is difficult to identify all the terraces in a long street, and sometimes even after they were numbered they had to be renumbered later. The old terrace signs can often still be seen attached to the houses: Oxford Terrace remains on Bateman Street in Headington, and St Giles Terrace marks Nos. 14–36 Woodstock Road (evens).


Victoria County History: Article on old Oxford street names

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013