Ship Street, Oxford

Ship Street, Oxford

Ship Street, Oxford

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Ship Street is a historic street that runs east–west in central Oxford, England.


The street lies north of Jesus College, Jesus College, Oxford. and west of Exeter College, two of Oxford University's historic colleges. To the south, at the western end is the Junior Common Room and to the eastern end is the Principal's (private) garden of Jesus College. At the western end is the historic St Michael at the Northgate church near the site of the original north gate in the city wall. Originally Oxford's wall ran just to the north of Ship Street.

At the eastern end is the QI Building, a member's club, bookshop and café associated with the comedic quiz show QI television series on BBC2, and established by the comedy producer John Lloyd. The entrance to the building was in Turl Street.

To the west is the major shopping street, Cornmarket Street, with St Michael's Street opposite, and to the east is the Turl. Market Street runs parallel with Ship Street to the south and Broad Street runs similarly to the north.


The street has had a number of names. It was known as Dewy's Lane in the 13th century, after a family who lived there. Its name was Somenor's Lane in 1385. Lawrence Hall was at the east end of the street and it was known by this name for a time. Lawrence Hall was located on the south side of the street, 30–40 yards from Turl...
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