News of Broad Street


New Bodleian Library

The New Bodleian Library became Broad Street’s newest listed building in 2003. It is undergoing a huge renovation, and will be renamed the Weston Library)

Oxford Story

The Oxford Story closed on 28 October 2007 after nearly 20 years of operation and having received two million visitors.

A plan for Broad Street

Kim Wilkie, a landscape and urban design consultant, undertook a £35,000 study of Broad Street for the Oxford Preservation Trust, with a view to improvements in paving surfaces, lighting, and traffic

Clarendon Building refurbishment

A total of 45 staff were relocated so that a £1m refurbishment programme to restore the building could be implemented in 2005/6

Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian Theatre was closed until the beginning of December 2004 for structural repairs to the ceiling

In October 2003 it was named the most uncomfortable arts venue in the UK by listeners to Radio 4’s Front Row


Ten tonnes of rubbish was dumped in Broad Street on Monday 19 July 2004 to promote recycling:

Blackwell’s Bookshop

Blackwell’s celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2004. The shop at 50 Broad Street opened on 1 January 1870

Christmas lights

Broad Street (west of Turl Street) has had Christmas lights since 2003

Kettell Hall

The Lavender Garden of Kettell Hall was awarded an Oxford Preservation Trust award in September 2003. Paul Lawrence, Head Gardener of Trinity College, transformed this previously scruffy area that is visible from Broad Street

Links to other articles about Broad Street in the Oxford Mail archive




Queue outside Waterstone's

The queue of people waiting outside Waterstone’s to have Lyra’s Oxford
by Philip Pullman almost reaches Turl Street (November 2003)

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