"I saw this person walking towards me in Cornmarket St, Oxford, with an apricot coloured umbrella, which complemented the colour of the building." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for Oxford Christmas Card:
Cornmarket Street was formerly called North Gate Street because it ran from the centre at Carfax, to the North Gate of the city where the church of St Michael of the North Gate (built 1040) still stands today.
Number 28, the much-photographed building on the corner of Ship Street, was restored in 1952 and has variously been used as a draper’s shop, a straw hat warehouse, a tea and coffee shop, a photographic studio, and now a mobile phone shop. The adjoining buildings, were restored by their owner Jesus College in 1986-7, and today are a modern version of the traditional coffee house.
Cornmarket Street is so called because corn was bought and sold there, and in 1536 a stone pillar structure with a lead roof was built in the middle of the street to preserve the sacks of corn from the ‘violence of the weather’. The building survived until 1644 when it was demolished to provide lead for bullets during the Civil War. By the 1850s increasing traffic necessitated a move to the Covered Market (built 1774) but it was too cramped, and in 1863 a custom-built Corn Exchange was opened in the Town Hall yard, St Aldates.