Chelsea Transfer Target
Jun 18, 2015, 1:45 PM
Here's 32 gone from Oxford since I moved there in Sep 2000 (yes it's on a spreadsheet. Of course it is)
Wharf House - flats Holywells - was a shop now flats? Marlborough House one of the Abingdon Road casualties King of Prussia - pizza? Was a squat and caught fire at one point Elm Tree - now back to being a "craft ale" bar having been a Chinese? Prince of Ales - Nando's Cowley Road Horse & Jockey - flats Globe - erm... was that in Jericho? flats then Friar Marston Road - Tesco or not Tesco that is the question Plasterers Arms - flats Market Tavern - wagamama Old School - Indian Fox & Hounds - Tesco Exeter Hall - Moslem centre - not even an Indian restaurant any more General Elliott - actually reopening! Duke of York - demolished to make way for shopping centre revamp Somerset - cocktail bar? Marston area Donnington Arms - Nepalese restaurant Temple Bar - café Woodstock Arms - demolished Cavalier - demolished for housing Brewery Gate - housing Turl - university took it back for function rooms Three Horseshoes - house Shelley Arms - ? Bricklayers Arms - housing Osney Arms - B&B George - music shop Fairview - see acmold's notes Nelson - closed down after drug bust Quarry Gate - housing soon? Duke of Monmouth - see acmold's notes
You can add The Ampleforth Arms, presently boarded up in Risinghurst estate, to that list now. Successive landlords have failed to make the style of living they've wanted from it, but the locals seem to believe the place has a future, meaning its in the balance as to whether the closure is long- or short-term.
Local Risinghurst lad CS Lewis (writer of the Narnia stuff, rather than Morse's sidekick) used to drink in The Ampleforth, though unfortunately for the pub, the coachloads of American and Japanese tourists tend to flock to The Eagle & Child in the city centre instead.
CS Lewis's greatest claim to fame, however, is the fact that he died on the same day as JFK, with the result that the world's news-reporting media (bar perhaps the Oxford Mail!) totally ignored his passing. Hoppers who also tick the burial sites of the famous may like to know that CS Lewis's grave is at Holy Trinity Church in nearby Headington Quarry, not far from Margaret Road recreation ground - site of the very first football match played by Headington/Oxford United FC, on 13th January 1894. The Hellenic ground of Headington Amateurs is a ten minute walk away.
(This post was edited by oxpete on Jun 18, 2015, 1:49 PM)