Jericho history

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

A brief history of Jericho
The origins of the name Jericho remain clouded in the mists of time.
<p>The Jericho Tavern from which this district may have derived its name</p>
Jan 07 2013
Working Class Housing in Jericho
A research project by Andrew Whitehead
Nov 29 2018

Jericho Talk
Life in Jericho from the 1950s, by Wendy Matthews
Apr 15 2019
Ali the postman
Memories of the Jericho round
Ali, speaking at My Jericho
Jan 04 2019

Oxford Boy - A Post-war Townie Childhood
Will Wyatt, former BBC Managing Director, remembers shopping in Walton Street
Will Wyatt in 1953 with neat haircut, probably from Mr Taylor
Oct 03 2018
A suburb of Victorian Oxford
How three main landowners developed Jericho
<p>College property as in Richmond Road was set behind palisades and flower gardens for superior artisan houses.</p>
Jan 17 2013

Open fields to narrow streets
New research into the origins of Jericho
<p>Jericho meadows around 1850. Behind, left to right, are the Radcliffe Observatory, the Jericho Tavern and the smokestack of Oxford University Press.</p>
Jan 07 2013
Jericho’s links with OUP
A suburb grows around the Press
<p>Jericho seen from OUP around 1890, with Wellington Street in the foreground.</p>
May 27 2014

Happy days at the Scala
97-year-old Martin Selwood, projectionist at The Phoenix (then The Scala) from 1930-1931, recalls the arrival of the ‘talkies’.
<p>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,</p>
Nov 23 2013
Looking back at Jericho’s gardens
History of the back yard
<p>Typical back garden for a terraced house</p>
Mar 02 2013

Jericho embraces the canal
Mark Davies delves into our canalside history.
<p>The old ferry that ran from the bottom of what is now Combe Road.</p>
Mar 03 2001

Memories of wigs and cassocks
More recollections from Jo Elvidge, now in Somerset
<p>Music class at St. Barnabas</p>
Mar 03 1999
A Jericho childhood
Jo Elvidge, now living in Frome, Somerset, recently revisited Jericho, and has written these recollections.
May 03 1998

Facing the past
Cbanging Faces of Jericho
Oct 29 1997
Traces of ancient Walton
An excavation behind a house in Walton Street offered a glimpse of a late-Saxon settlement and a medieval farmhouse.
Dec 06 1996

Living memories ... St. Giles Fair
Reminiscences recorded as part of an adult education class in Jericho.
Oct 05 1996
Living memories ... shops and shopping
Reminiscences recorded as part of an adult education class in Jericho
May 10 1996

Memories from a resident of Jericho
Interview with 'Annie'
Oct 04 1983
50 Years of Jericho
Apr 04 1984

The history of St. Paul’s Church
To become an arts centre
Sep 04 1984
Press opens in Walton Street
Stimulating local development
Dec 05 1984

Thomas Combe
A man who did much for Jericho
Dec 10 1985
The story of the early days of W. Lucy & Co Ltd.
Oct 11 1986

The history of Jericho
Jericho expands
May 01 1981
The story of Jericho
From a 1688 visit to Jericho Gardens
Dec 09 1980

A slice of Jericho history
From a community scrapbook
Before the bridge, the only way across the canal from Jericho was by ferry
Oct 28 2020
History of St Paul’s Church
Soon to be an arts centre
Dec 08 1979

Why Jericho?
Information from a new booklet
May 08 1980

Did you know?

What St Barnabas Church cost to build?

Thomas Combe the Superin­tendent of OUP and it was he who commissioned and paid for the construc­tion of the church in 1869 at a cost of £6,492. All the interior fittings were provided for about £900. The campanile was erected in 1872 for £800.

Who owns the houses?

In Jericho in 2011, only 21% of households were owner occupiers. Instead, many more people rented their homes: 58% from private landlords and 20% from ‘social’ landlords, mostly the City Council.


Come and sing Stainer’s Crucifixion Sat 02 Mar - 2.00 pm
St Barnabas Church
Haydn: The Seven Last Words Sat 02 Mar - 7.30 pm
Worcester College Chapel
St Sepulchre’s Garden Group Caring for Jericho's most peaceful space
Tuesday 12 March - 10:00 AM
St. Sepulchre's cemetary

Next meeting
Being a vicar in a strange world
Fr Christopher Woods Thu 7 Mar - 6:30pm
At: St Barnabas Church