'This building will seem even more anachronistic once the massive modern development surrounding it is completed.'
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
The Frevd Café opened in 1998, and is housed in the lofty space of a nineteenth-century, former Greek Revival Church. The interior is famed for its ‘shabby chic’ approach to decoration and furnishings, which together with its willingness to put on art exhibitions and occasional live music, give it a bohemian air of casual comfort.
Walton Street borders the area of Oxford known as ‘Jericho’, formerly a working-class suburb, full of narrow streets and small terraced houses built for families working at Oxford University Press, the Eagle Ironworks and the Oxford Canal which was completed in 1790. The canal and railway run parallel to Walton St and form Jericho’s western border. In the 1950s it was briefly a red-light area considered for demolition but locals campaigned against it and instead grants were given to upgrade the housing. Today the community thrives with its own Community Association, Community Centre and newspaper.