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"The Haunt of Thieves and Harlots": St Thomas' Parish

A talk by Liz Woolley on the parish of St Thomas the Martyr, one of Oxford's most ancient and historic areas.

A talk by Liz Woolley on the parish of St Thomas the Martyr, Oxford, one of the most ancient and historic areas of the city. St Thomas’ was one of Oxford’s earliest suburbs, first inhabited in Saxon times. In the 11th century it stood on the direct route between the castle at the west gate of the city, and the great Augustinian Abbey of Oseney.

In later centuries St Thomas’ was home to Oxford’s brewing industry, to its boating and barge communities, and to those who built the railways. It had a reputation as one of the most lively - some might say disreputable - parishes of the city. In the 20th century, St Thomas’ was cleared, together with neighbouring St Ebbe’s, and its close-knit community dispersed. However, this often overlooked area is now set to become the centrepiece of Oxford’s new West End Development.

Learn more about this fascinating parish, about the people who made it so rich both culturally and socially, and about the historic buildings which still survive there.


Liz Woolley | talks


Date and Time:

16 January 2008 at 2:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Unlocked - Oxford Castle
44-46 Oxford Castle
01865 260668

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