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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1369493



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Oxfordshire

District: Oxford

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1954

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Feb-1993

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 246003

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HM PRISON OXFORD NEW ROAD SF 5006 SE 7/10014 Well House Oxford Castle GV I Motte to former castle with Well Chamber. Mound, c1071 as the motte of Oxford Castle built for Robert d'Oilly to provide a means for the Normans to control the town and the Upper Thames Valley. Earth. Circular plan. Approximately 80 feet high, base diameter about 250 feet, top diameter about 60 feet. Originally there would have been a wooden keep. Constructed by forced Saxon labour. The Well Chamber. Early C13. Rubble stone. Entrance with 3 stones bearing shield-of- arms thought to be of Fox, Bishop of Winchester, the see of Durham and Newcastle, Bishop of Exeter. A flight of steps leads down about 20 feet into a hexagonal plan chamber with stone vaulted roof supported on chamfered ribs. Oxford Castle was slighted in 1652. In 1776 New Road was built across the northern part of the Bailey and in 1785 the County Justices acquired the site to build a new Oxford Prison which incorporated the only other surviving elements of the castle viz. St. George's Tower (qv), St. George's Chapel Crypt (qv) and the batter from the Round Tower (qv). The castle saw little action apart from during the Anarchy in 1142 when King Stephen besieged the Empress Matilda and it was attacked in the Baron's War of 1215. There had been prison buildings within the bailey since the C12.

Listing NGR: SP5152606221

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National Grid Reference: SP 50967 06199


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