Jericho history

Jericho was Oxford's first planned suburb. Here is a selection of articles about its history.

The Jericho Tavern from which this district may have derived its name

A brief history of Jericho

Published - Jan 07 2013

The origins of the name Jericho remain clouded in the mists of time.

College property as in Richmond Road was set behind palisades and flower gardens for superior artisan houses.

A suburb of Victorian Oxford

Published - Jan 17 2013

How three main landowners developed Jericho

Jericho meadows around 1850. Behind, left to right, are the Radcliffe Observatory, the Jericho Tavern and the smokestack of Oxford University Press.

Open fields to narrow streets

Published - Jan 07 2013

New research into the origins of Jericho

Jericho seen from OUP around 1890, with Wellington Street in the foreground.

Jericho’s links with OUP

Published - May 27 2014

A suburb grows around the Press

Happy Days is  an 80 minute musical film. The story centers around  a singer on a showboat who goes to make her fortune in New York City,

Happy days at the Scala

Published - Nov 23 2013

97-year-old Martin Selwood, projectionist at The Phoenix (then The Scala) from 1930-1931, recalls the arrival of the ‘talkies’.

Typical back garden for a terraced house

Looking back at Jericho’s gardens

Published - Mar 02 2013

History of the back yard

A magnet for Jericho’s children, layabouts and rats

Published - Nov 07 2007

Grantham House site

The old ferry that ran from the bottom of what is now Combe Road.

Jericho embraces the canal

Published - Mar 03 2001

Mark Davies delves into our canalside history.

Music class at St. Barnabas

Memories of wigs and cassocks

Published - Mar 03 1999

More recollections from Jo Elvidge, now in Somerset

A Jericho childhood

Published - May 03 1998

Jo Elvidge, now living in Frome, Somerset, recently revisited Jericho, and has written these recollections.

Facing the past

Published - Oct 29 1997

Cbanging Faces of Jericho

Traces of ancient Walton

Published - Dec 06 1996

An excavation behind a house in Walton Street offered a glimpse of a late-Saxon settlement and a medieval farmhouse.

Living memories ... St. Giles Fair

Published - Oct 05 1996

Reminiscences recorded as part of an adult education class in Jericho.

Living memories ... shops and shopping

Published - May 10 1996

Reminiscences recorded as part of an adult education class in Jericho

Did you know?

How many people live in Jericho?

In 2011 Jericho had a population of 1,400 residents living in households.  There are no communal establishment residents. There has been little change in the total number of residents since 2001.

Margaret Thatcher used to live here?

In her Oxford days, she lived at 12 Richmond Road. It is alleged she shared the house with two red-hot communists who lived on a diet of sausages. This may account for her later views on socialists and known dislike of sausages.


One-hour Jericho clean up

Sat 16 Sep - 10.00 am

Jericho Community Centre

Towpath Taskforce

Saturday 16 September - 10:00 AM

Aristotle bridge

St Sepulchre’s Garden Group

Tuesday 5 September - 10:00 AM

St. Sepulchre's cemetary

JCA monthly meeting

Monday 11 September - 8:00 PM

Community Centre