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Cornmarket: Nineteenth-century inns/hotels and pubs


Three of Oxford’s main coaching inns – the Golden Cross, the Clarendon (formerly the Star) and the Roebuck – were in Cornmarket, and in the nineteenth century the street had in addition twelve pubs. Below is a complete list, with landlords where known. Only the Crown survives as a pub.

Cornmarket inns and pubs listed in directories, 1794–present

Present  No

Name of pub

Present building
on the site

East side (south to north)

1

Jolly Farmers

later renamed Original Jolly Farmers

Site of part of Lloyds Bank

5

Golden Cross Inn
(later Golden Cross Hotel),
aka Cross Inn

Pizza Express

8–10

The Roebuck

(including the former
Little Cross Inn at No. 9)

Boots the Chemist

18

Bell Inn

Site of part of Northgate House

20

Star & Garter

Star & Garter (The Tunnel) by 1911

Tunnel Hotel by 1932

21

White Hart Inn
(formerly White Hart & Greyhound)

Site of the northern section of vacant shop
next to Northgate House

25A
later 25

Anchor Inn

(Queen’s Arms in 1841 only)

Blue Anchor by 1880

In the yard behind the former Nos. 24 & 25 Cornmarket.
Demolished by 1911

West side (north to south)

33

Formerly 32
or 32A

Three Goats

George Hotel from 1853

On site of the former NatWest Bank building

36

Granby’s Head (1794)

Marquis of Granby (1842, 1871)

Leopold Arms (by 1880)

North Gate Tavern (by 1911)

Itsu

38

Plough

In the vacant former Austin Reed shop

41

Blue Lion

North half of present charity shop

52

The Star to 1863

Clarendon Hotel from 1863

Site of Clarendon Centre

58A
later 59A

The Crown

The only surviving pub

The Crown
(behind No. 59 Cornmarket, with entrance between Nos. 58 and 59)

This was built from the stables of the Crown Inn at 59, 60 & 61 Cornmarket Street.

59–61

The Crown Inn
(by 1669 to 1830s)

Site of shop (currently vacant, was Moss Bros)

61

The Wellington
(1830s to 1870s)

Opened in part of the former Crown Inn
which next to the site of the bank (part of former Moss Bros site)

63

Sun Vaults

Now part of HSBC Bank at 62–65

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