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Lime Walk: Development and renumbering


Lime Walk has been completely renumbered twice as development took place, so beware of pre-1953 house numbers, which will not be the same as those today.

Lime Walk map 1908

In the late 1870s, the Revd John Taylor of the Rookery in Old Headington sold the lands of Highfield Farm for a new housing development to be attached to New Headington Village, and the southern part of Lime Walk was the first street to be laid out. It could not be extended up to the London Road, however, as the large Britannia field occupied this area (see 1899 Ordnance Survey map, left).

Lime Walk’s main entrance was then from the High Street of New Headington village via a short spur (then known as New Road, and now named All Saints Road after the 1910 church). Hence the original numbering of Lime Walk (first recorded in the 1891 census) started and finished at the All Saints crossroads thus:

  • East side (south of All Saints Road): 1, 2, 3 etc southwards to 29 at Old Road
  • West side: 30, 31, 32 etc. all the way up the west side, continuing the other side of All Saints Road as far as 66 and then crossing the road
  • East side, north of All Saints Road: 67, 68, 69 etc. running southwards down to 76 & 77 (demolished to make way for All Saints Church.

By 1910, the Britannia had sold its field, and the top end of Lime Walk began to be developed. At first the new houses were just given names, but in about 1919 the whole street was renumbered, with the east side having odd numbers from 1 to 77 and the west side having numbers from 2 to 30, both running southwards.

Infilling since that date meant that the street had to be renumbered again in 1953, so that the numbers now run from 1 to 125 on the east side and 2 to 134.

 

For more on the origins of Lime Walk, see Malcolm Graham, “Housing Development on the Urban Fringe of Oxford, 1850–1914”, Oxoniensia LV (1990), pp. 152–6 (Highfield Estate)

 

 

The table below shows the four different sets of numbers given to the houses in Lime Walk

 

 

 

 

Lime Walk, east side, north to south
Today 1976 c.1919–1952 1891 census
1 [& 3]
Britannia Inn
1 Britannia
Inn
55 3 Britannia
Field 
7  
9 “The Willows”
11 “Glendale”
5 “The Willows”
7 “Glendale”
13
15
9
11
17 13
19  
21 13A
23 13B
25 15
27 17
29
31
[notionally]
19
33
35
37
39
21 (“Ellenville”)
23
43 43 No number allocated
45
Lime Walk Methodist Church
[notionally 47]
49
51
25
27
67
68
53 “St Leonards”
55 “Lime Walk Villa”
29
31
69
70
57 33 [Plot for 71]
59    
61
63
35
37
72
73
65
67
39
41
74
75
All Saints Church
[notionally 69 & 71]
76
77
Here is All Saints Road
73 43  Unnamed house
75–81
(flats)
75
77
79
81
No number allocated  
83
85
45
47 (Arthur Cottage)
87 “Ferndale”
89
49 “Ferndale”
51
91  “Summerville” 53 “Summerville” “Summerville”
Entrance to
Cecil Sharp Close
95
97
55
57 (?Milton Cottage)
 
99 “Woodbine Cottage”
101 “Rose Cottage”
59 “Woodbine Cottage”
61 “Rose Cottage”
“Woodbine Cottage”
“Rose Cottage”
Entrance to
Nursery Close (built 1964)
   
109 63 Unnamed house
111 “Daisymede” 65 “Daisymede” 21 “Daisymede”
113 67 22
115 “Launton Villa” 69 “Launton Villa” “Launton Villa”
117 “Fern Cottage” 71 “Fern Cottage  
119 “Ivydene” 73 “Ivydene” “Ivydene”
121    
123 “Hazledene”
125
75 “Hazledene”
77 ?”Ingledene”
“Hazledene”
Unnamed house
129 (double width)    
131 “Netherbury” 79 “Netherbury”
 
Lime Walk, west side, north to south
Today 1976 c.1915 to1920–1952 1891 census
2
Nine flats
2: Headington
sorting office
& driving tests
2–8: Headington
Telephone
Exchange
Britannia
Field 
4
6
10
12
8    
10 14
12
14
16  (“Hildadene”)
18
16
18
20
22
20
22
24
26
24 28
26
28
30
32
30–34
St Ebbe’s 
in Headington
30–34
Shirley
Memorial Hall
34–36
Shirley
Memorial Hall
36
38
38
40
40
42
42
44
44 (double plot) 44A
48 46
50
52
48
66
65
54 50 64
54A      
56 52 63
56A
58A
   
58
60
54
56
62 being built
61 being built
60A      
62
64
58
60
60
59
66       
68
70
“Durlston”
“Donhead”
Plot for 58
Plot for 57
72    Plot for 56
74 62  55
Here is All Saints Road
76 64 54
78 & 80 66 53
82 68 52
84 (rebuilt)
86 (rebuilt)
70
72
51
50
88 74 49
90
92
76
78
48
47
94
96
80
82
46
45
98 “Minster Villa” 84 “Minster Villa” 44
100
102
86
88
43
42
104
106
90
92
41
40
108 94 39
110
112
96
98
[38A?]
[38]
Lime Court
(ten flats)
114 & 116
demolished;
118 never built
100
102
37
36
120
122
106
108
[35]
[34]
124 110 33]
126 112 [32]
128 114 [31]
134:
“Longworth” (triple plot)
116:
“Longworth”
Large house on
Plots 30, 29, and 28

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