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Oxford boundary markers: Cuckoo Lane north side (1837)


Boundary stone in Cuckoo Lane

 

[City coat of arms showing
ox crossing ford]

C. J. S.

M A Y O R

 

This stone stands on the north side of Cuckoo Lane about thirty yards below the lower of the two paths that lead to John Garne Way

The stone is set too deeply into the ground to ascertain whether there is a date at the end, but the initials “C.J.S.” mean that the stone was set up during the 1836/7 mayoralty of Charles James Sadler, probably not long before he beat the bounds in August/September 1837.

It marks the new parliamentary boundary of Oxford in 1832 (map), which survived until 1886.

Not a listed structure

 

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Below: map of Cuckoo Lane in 1939, showing this stone towards the left marked “B Stone”Cuckoo Lane 1939 map

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013