"The contrast of the red phone box with the deep white snow and monochromatic other colours is what I liked about this photo." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford photo:
St Giles extends from St Giles’ church in the north, to the Martyrs’ Memorial in the south and is lined on both sides of its wide avenue by London plane trees. Cattle and sheep used to be driven along St Giles to market and there was a drinking pond for the animals where the war memorial now stands.
St Giles’ Fair originated as St Giles’ Parish Wake, then St Giles’ Feast and is first recorded as St Giles’ Fair in 1624. It began as a toy fair for children but by the end of the 19th century it was more geared to adults with booths selling baskets, tools, clothing and china, plus sideshows that became so rowdy there were proposals to stop it. As a result, the city took control of the fair in 1930 and it has continued annually ever since, on the first Monday and Tuesday in September.
The red telephone box in the photograph is one of Oxford’s 12 K6 cast iron telephone boxes designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and introduced as part of the Jubilee celebrations. It stands outside the Classics Centre, which is adjacent to the Ashmolean Museum on one side and Blackfriars, the Dominican Priory of the Holy Spirit on the other, and looks across to St John’s College.