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Catte Street

Catte Street

This street was recorded as Kattestreete in the early thirteenth century, as Mousecatcher’s Lane in 1442, and as Cat Street in the eighteenth century.

In the mid-nineteenth century it was given the more respectable name of Catherine Street, which can be seen on the postcard on below, which dates from c.1900.

Catherine Street

This name was later also given to a street in East Oxford, and so in 1930 a more robust city council restored its original name, Catte Street, together with its fifteenth-century spelling.

The south end of Catte Street has been completely closed to motor vehicles since 1973.

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 18 April, 2018

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