St Aldate's, Oxford

St Aldate's /ˈɔːldts/ is a street in central Oxford, England,[1][2] named after Saint Aldate, but formerly known as Fish Street.[3]

St Aldate's, looking north towards Carfax, with the Town Hall on the east side of the street
St Aldate's, looking south towards Tom Tower
Map of Oxford by John Speed, 1605, showing city walls; south at top and "N" = Carfax

The street runs south from the generally acknowledged centre of Oxford at Carfax. The Town Hall, which includes the Museum of Oxford, is on the east side of the street. Christ Church, with its imposing Tom Tower, faces the east end of St Aldate's, while Pembroke College (on Pembroke Square) faces its west end. Other adjoining streets include Blue Boar Street to the east side and Pembroke Street, Pembroke Square, Brewer Street, Rose Place, and Speedwell Street to the west. St Aldate's Church is on the west side of the street, in Pembroke Square.

Opposite Christ Church is Alice's Shop, formerly frequented by Alice Liddell, and the model for the Sheep Shop in the "Wool and Water" chapter in Through the Looking-Glass.[4]

Crown and County Courts in Oxford

South of Christ Church is an entrance to Christ Church Meadow and, still on the east side, the University of Oxford's Faculty of Music, containing the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments; the building was opened in 1936 for St Catherine's Society. Oxford's police station (designed in 1936 by H. F. Hurcombe, the City Estates Surveyor,[1] and the Crown and County Court opposite precede a junction with Thames Street to the west. (The police station was featured in the Inspector Morse television series.)

After Folly Bridge over the River Thames or Isis, St Aldate's enters Grandpont and becomes Abingdon Road (A4144), leading directly south out of the city of Oxford towards the Oxford Ring Road and the villages of Kennington & Radley and the town of Abingdon.



  1. ^ a b Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 128, 181, 232, 287, 301, 302, 303, 325. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  2. ^ Tyack, Geoffrey (1998). Oxford: an architectural guide. Oxford University Press. pp. 2, 22, 243, 291, 297, 307. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  3. ^ Street-Names, A History of the County of Oxford. Vol. 4, The City of Oxford (1979), pp. 475-477.
  4. ^ Gardner, Martin (1965). The Annotated Alice. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 252.

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Coordinates: 51°45′00″N 1°15′25″W / 51.75000°N 1.25694°W / 51.75000; -1.25694