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  Merton Street
by evaanna

Merton Street is well worth the short walk from the High Street via Oriel Street or Magpie Lane. It has been saved from modern development, keeping the old cobbled road surface, traditional streetlights, and no poles, wires or TV aerials, and very restricted traffic. That is why it has often been used for film sets in period films, such as 'American Friends' (1991), 'Black Beauty' (1994), 'Oscar and Lucinda' (1996), 'Iris' (2001).
The west end of the street is closed by a classical gatehouse, the exit from the college of Christ Church. There are two other colleges facing the street: Corpus Christi (founded 1517) and Merton College and its chapel (1264), which looks like a fortress with its high walls, battlements and gatehouse. There is a beautiful carving above the entrance showing a woodland scene with animals. The colleges are generally open to visitors in the afternoons. Apart from the colleges, you can see several medieval houses there and round the corner at the far end of Merton Street the imposing 'examination schools' where students take their university exams.
You can leave Merton Street area through the wrought-iron gateway leading to Christ Church Meadow.

Address: Oxford
Directions: From the High Street via Oriel Street or Magpie Lane

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 28, 2006
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