ABOUT JERICHO - HISTORY
After years without any new books on Jericho, sure enough two come along at once. Following the Jericho Sketchbook, featured in our last issue, we now have The hanging Faces of Jericho. This is one of a series on different parts of Oxford and is written by Julie Kennedy. She now lives in Woodstock, but lived in Juxon Street in the mid-1970s. Julie is an accountant, but also a member of the Family History Society.
One of her starting points, she says, was a map of Jericho she saw in the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies. She then went on to talk to many individuals and businesses, and worked on the book for about six months. Published in June, it is proving popular: by the end of August it had sold about 500 copies.
Julie is now preparing for ‘Jericho - Book 2’. This, she says, will be ‘more of the same’ with materials that she could not find the first time round. So she is keen to hear from anyone who has in formation, and particularly photographs, that they would like to be included. Her phone number is: (01993) 812258.
|Oxford Boy - A Post-war Townie Childhood||Jericho’s links with OUP||Happy days at the Scala||Looking back at Jericho’s gardens||A suburb of Victorian Oxford||Open fields to narrow streets||A brief history of Jericho||A magnet for Jericho’s children, layabouts and rats||Jericho embraces the canal||Memories of wigs and cassocks||A Jericho childhood||Traces of ancient Walton||Living memories ... St. Giles Fair||Living memories ... shops and shopping||THE EAGLE IRONWORKS OXFORD||Thomas Combe||Press opens in Walton Street||The history of St. Paul’s Church||50 Years of Jericho||Memories from a resident of Jericho|
About the church bells?
Originally the Church only had the single ‘Barney’s Bell’. In 1890, when the clock was installed, it was decided to add a set of tubular bells to ring the chimes and the hour strike, as well as a tune or ‘carillon’. The are driven by an elaborate mechanical contraption.
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.