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Floods in Oxford: 1910/11

Abingdon Road

The above postcard was produced by George E. Davis of Turl Street, Oxford, and was posted on 3 February 1911 to Miss F. Hawkes of Witney by “Bessie” of 2 Cold Arbour. Bessie writes that her house is the one marked with a cross.

The car (with the driver and a man and woman in the rear seat) are travelling southwards out of Oxford along the Abingdon Road.

Behind the car is an advertisement for Coxeter's garage in Park End Street. The four flat-fronted houses on the right were known as the Saltboxes: they were on the northern corner of Canning Crescent and adjoined a coal yard. The milestone with an iron plate outside the house on the right still survives outside 309 Abingdon Road.

The car

The car is a Wolseley 16/20 Tourer (registration number FC 660). This registration was on a C3 16/20hp car number 11458 delivered to P. Vinogradoff of Oxford in August or September 1910. Paul Gavrilovitch Vinogradoff was Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford. (Car identified with the help of Anders Clausager, Jack Peppiatt, Stuart McCallum, and Tim Greenhall)