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Logic Lane


Logic Lane

Logic Lane, with University College’s 1903 Durham Building on the left and the older main part of the college on the right

In 1904 the bridge linking the two parts of University College was built to span this public bridleway, which leads down to Merton Street. There was opposition to the plan from the city council, but a court judgement awarded the soil of the road to the college.

Logic Lane was known as Horseman Lane in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. There was a horse-mill here in medieval times, and it was also known as Horsemull Lane. It acquired the name Logic Lane by the seventeenth century, after a school of logicians at its north end.

There is a gate at each end of the lane, which is locked at night: a notice states that it is open from 7am to 8.30pm in winter, and 7am to 11pm in summer.

”Logic Lane” is one of the oldest surviving street names in Oxford. William Tuckwell in his Reminiscences of Oxford says:

Only Logic Lane, quoted in the Spectator, as commemorating mediaeval combats, not always of words alone, between Nominalists and Realists, no one was profane enough to change.

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 16 September, 2012

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