"The High Street never looks as pretty as this but the snow emphasised the paint colours of the buildings and simultaneously turned them into pastels. The falling snow in the photographs gives the photo a painterly look." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for Oxford Christmas Card:
‘The High’ is the principal street in Oxford and runs from Magdalen Bridge to Carfax. It derives its grandeur from its considerable length (2,038 feet) and width (85 feet) and from the curve which gradually reveals the fronts of Magdalen College, University College, The Queen’s College, All Souls College and Brasenose College, plus St Mary the Virgin church and Lincoln College library. The High has seven Grade I listed buildings and a total of seventy Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings.
Many of the buildings and shops in the photograph date from the late 18th century and are recorded as being variously used as inns and coffee houses, tailors and breeches-makers, cigar and tea dealers, tallow-makers, tobacconists and ironmongers. In 1873 numbers 109-110 High Street were demolished to make way for King Edward Street (named after King Edward II, the founder of Oriel College in Oriel Square), and the shops either side were rebuilt. An inn of note is the Chequer Inn that can only be reached down a narrow alley at 113a High St. Richard Kent built the tavern in 1500, and the original oak panelling, fireplace and carved stonework still remain.