"The lady with the pink umbrella walked in front of the pink building just as I was trying to make a photograph of this snowy scene." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for Oxford Christmas Card:
These colourful buildings in Broad Street were built in the 18th century and are Grade II listed. In the last century, they were home to a bookshop, saddler, bootmaker, tailor and there was a post office where the post box stands today. Famous Victorian photographer Henry Taunt lived and had his studio where the Campus shop is today.
In front of these shops there is an iron cross laid into the road which marks the spot where Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer were burnt at the stake in 1555 and 1556, and a memorial to them can be seen in St Giles. Across the road stands Balliol College founded in 1263 and Trinity College founded in 1556.
Broad Street is broad because it was built outside the city wall and hence was not constrained by lack of space. In 1667 the east end of the street was made broader by the demolition of a central row of houses removed to improve the view of the soon-to-be-completed Sheldonian Theatre. The breadth of the west end was enhanced in 1772 when a wall and garden in front of Balliol College were removed.