ABOUT JERICHO - PLANNING

Another makeover for Cranham Street

Cranham Street vista in an earlier age, around 1910. 
Photo: Penny & Sinclair.
Cranham Street vista in an earlier age, around 1910. Photo: Penny & Sinclair.

Posted - November 05, 2012

New developments ahead

The buildings on both sides at the top of Cranham Street are boarded up with metal shutters. Some of the area around Grantham House has at times been taken over by squatters who have lit fires. The developers say that they will finally be starting the renovations in January to produce up-market flats.

Meanwhile across the road the old health centre building now has a similarly forlorn look. In this split building it is more difficult to do a comprehensive redevelopment. The ground floor is owned by the Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust which says it is currently ‘preparing it for marketing’. The upper floors, making up St Paul’s House, consist of eight flats, some Council and some privately owned.

Did you know?

How religious we are?

In the 2001 Census, some 50% of Jericho residents said they were Christian, 2.2% Muslim, 1.9% Buddhist and 1.2% professed other religions, while 34% of people said they had no religion. In Oxford as a whole the proportion with no religion was 24%.

Where the name Jericho comes from?

The name Jericho is probably taken from the parable of the Good Samaritan. Traditionally the name was given to places where travellers who arrived after the town gates had closed at sunset could find lodgings overnight.