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Barton Road

Barton Road

Barton Road today

The above postcard shows the London Road looking west, with Barton Road on the right.

It celebrates the building of the first 24 council houses in Headington, which were completed by Headington Rural District Council in July 1920.

Nos. 249 & 251 London Road to the right turning the corner were demolished in 2007 and replaced by a four-bedroom house and seven flats (07/01906/FUL)

The buildings shown in this postcard were praised by John Betjeman as a “neat council house scheme”. It was, however, very small compared with what was to come after 1946, when 1,600 council houses were built in Barton.

The first two council houses in the city of Oxford itself were completed at Addison Crescent four months later in November 1920. Both schemes resulted from the Addison Act of 1919.

The grocer’s shop at 301 London Road served the people in these council houses.

Barton was soon to be severed completely by Oxford’s first section of ring-road (the northern bypass, built from Headington roundabout to the Banbury Road roundabout in the mid-1930s).

Barton Lane
Above: Barton Lane in the 1930s. This was once the main route from the
hamlet of Barton to its mother village of Old Headington

© Stephanie Jenkins

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