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Oxford boundary markers: Near Woodlands Road (1892)


Boundary stone on Cuckoo Lane beside Woodlands Road

[City coat of arms showing
ox crossing ford]

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This stone is on Cuckoo Lane, near Woodlands Road, Headington. It is not a listed structure.

The boundary between Oxford and Headington from 1889 to 1929 made a sudden right-angled turn to the south at this point to align with the Moors Brook (known as the Boundary Brook from 1889), which probably explains the positioning of the stone.

It matches the following boundary stones that were set up at the time of the Mayor's perambulation of 1892 (the first such inspection to take place after the 1889 Oxford boundary change):

Map showing the extended boundary of the City in 1889

Frederick Ansell was Mayor of Oxford in 1891/2, and there was a special beating of the bounds that year.

The Sheriff William S. Carver (1859–1917) served as the City Accountant from 1894 until his death (obituary in the Oxford Journal Illustrated of 26 December 1917, p. 9).

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Stephanie Jenkins