"These 18th-century shops are painted in pretty colours have a great history. I was a bit late with the blossom as I could have done with more flower and less leaf!" J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
‘The High’ is the principle street in Oxford and runs from Magdalen Bridge to Carfax. It derives its grandeur from its considerable length (2,038 feet) and width (85 feet) and from the curve which gradually reveals no less than five colleges (Magdalen, Queen’s, University College, All Souls, Brasenose), the Examination Schools, the Botanic Garden, St Mary the Virgin Church and Lincoln College Library.
Numbers 102 and 103 High Street (Brora and Toast) were built as one in 1714 and in 1835 housed Spiers’ Shop, described as ‘more artistic in its merchandise than any shop in England’, selling ornamental hair, a cardboard model of the Martyr’s Memorial, Bohemian glass, and French writing paper amongst other novelties.
Number 104 was known as Salutation Inn during most of the 16th century, a coffee house in the 18th and a bookshop in the 19th century until it was taken over by Sanders in 1927. Number 105 was variously a breeches-maker, tailor and dyer. Numbers 106 and 107 (University of Oxford Shop and A Plan Insurance) are owned by Oriel College and originally formed Tackley’s Inn, an academic hall built in 1320, and refronted in the 18th or 19th century.