Coordinates: 51°45′15″N 1°15′14″W / 51.7543°N
1.2540°W / 51.7543; -1.2540
Looking south along
Catte Street towards St Mary's Church.
Catte Street, from outside the Bodleian Library, looking north towards
Catte Street is a historic street in central Oxford, England.
3 Cultural associations
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Catte Street runs north-south, continuing as
Parks Road to the north
(beyond a junction with Broad Street and Holywell Street). The street
passes along the eastern side of
Radcliffe Square and forms a junction
with the High Street to the south.
At the northern end to the west is the
Clarendon Building on Broad
Street, with the
Sheldonian Theatre nearby. Just to the south is the
Bodleian Library. To the east are the Modern History Faculty (formerly
Indian Institute building), and the Bridge of Sighs over New
College Lane which is part of Hertford College.
Further south on the east side is All Souls College, a college with
Fellows but no undergraduate students. To the west at the southern end
Radcliffe Camera and the University Church of St Mary the
Virgin, the main church of the University, on the High Street.
The southern end of the street, by the junction with the High Street,
has been pedestrianised, with a pavement, since 1973.
The name of this street was recorded as Kattestreete in the early 13th
century, as Mousecatchers' Lane (Vicus Murilegorum) in 1442, and as
Cat Street in the 18th century. In the mid-19th century it became
Catherine Street. However, there was another street of this name in
Oxford and in 1930 the City Council changed the name to Catte
Street, using a 15th-century spelling.
Originally this street road used to lead northwards as far as New
College Lane, where the city wall blocked its way. The road north from
here has become part of Catte Street, although the Modern History
Faculty still gives its address as Broad Street nearby.
In the mid-13th century the illuminator
William de Brailes
William de Brailes owned
property, and presumably had his workshop, next to St Mary's.
The street was pedestrianised as a pavement at the south by the
junction with the High Street in 1973.
Catte Street is mentioned in Philip Pullman's fictional works, His
Dark Materials trilogy and Lyra's Oxford.
The street inspired the name of a local 1970s jazz band, the "Catte
Street Rhythm Wreckers".
View north up
Catte Street from
Hertford College towards
Parks Road in
Indian Institute at the north end of
Catte Street to the east.
The Bridge of Sighs from Catte Street.
Radcliffe Camera from Catte Street.
The ornamental railinged gate of
All Souls College
All Souls College on the east side of
The south end of
Catte Street as seen from the University Church of St
Mary the Virgin.
Catte Street, looking north past the
Radcliffe Camera from its
southern, St Mary's, end.
^ a b Catte Street, off High Street, Oxford,
Oxford History, UK.
^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). The Buildings of
England: Oxfordshire. Penguin Books. pp. 93, 138, 254, 300, 313.
^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Catte Street". The Encyclopaedia
of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 72. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.
Michael Camille (May 1995). "An
Oxford University Textbook
Illuminated by William de Brailes". The Burlington Magazine. Retrieved
8 October 2013.
^ Simpson, Paul (2007). "Catte Street". The Rough Guide to Philip
Pullman's His Dark Materials. London: Rough Guides. p. 229.
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