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Location

Catte Street runs north-south, continuing as
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to the north (beyond a junction with
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Broad Street
and Holywell Street). The street passes along the eastern side of
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and forms a junction with the
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to the south. At the northern end to the west is the
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on Broad Street, with the
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nearby. Just to the south is the
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Bodleian Library
. To the east are the Modern History Faculty (formerly the
Indian Institute
Indian Institute
building), and the
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Bridge of Sighs
over
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which is part of
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Hertford College
. Further south on the east side is
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All Souls College
, a college with Fellows but no undergraduate students. To the west at the southern end are the
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Radcliffe Camera
and the
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University Church of St Mary the Virgin
, the main church of the
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, 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.


History

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 east Oxford and in 1930 the City Council changed the name to Catte Street, using a 15th-century spelling. Originally this street 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
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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.


Cultural associations

Catte Street is mentioned in
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's fictional works, ''
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'' trilogy and ''
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''. The street inspired the name of a local 1970s
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jazz band
, the "Catte Street Rhythm Wreckers".


Gallery

File:Catte Street, Oxford - view north 1981 - geograph.org.uk - 812858.jpg, View north up Catte Street from
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Hertford College
towards
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in the distance. File:Indian Institute.jpg, The at the north end of Catte Street to the east. File:Bridge-of-sighs.jpg, The
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Bridge of Sighs
from Catte Street. File:Bodleian-library.jpg, The
Radcliffe Camera The Radcliffe Camera (colloquially known as the "Rad Cam" or "The Camera"; from Latin , meaning 'room') is a building of Oxford University, England, designed by James Gibbs in neo-classical style and built in 1737–49 to house the Radcliffe Scie ...

Radcliffe Camera
from Catte Street. File:All Souls College Oxford 20040124.jpg, The ornamental railinged gate of
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on the east side of Catte Street. File:Catte Street in front of All Souls College.jpg, The south end of Catte Street as seen from the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. File:Catte Street looking north from its southern end.jpg, Catte Street, looking north past the
Radcliffe Camera The Radcliffe Camera (colloquially known as the "Rad Cam" or "The Camera"; from Latin , meaning 'room') is a building of Oxford University, England, designed by James Gibbs in neo-classical style and built in 1737–49 to house the Radcliffe Scie ...

Radcliffe Camera
from its southern, St Mary's, end. File:Catte Street North.jpg, alt=Catte Street looking South towards the Radcliffe Camera from outside Hertford College and the Bodleian Library which is the forground. There is a car on the street. , Catte Street looking South towards the
Radcliffe Camera The Radcliffe Camera (colloquially known as the "Rad Cam" or "The Camera"; from Latin , meaning 'room') is a building of Oxford University, England, designed by James Gibbs in neo-classical style and built in 1737–49 to house the Radcliffe Scie ...

Radcliffe Camera
from outside
Hertford College ''As the hart panteth after the water brooks'' , university = Oxford Oxford () is a city in England. It is the county town and only city of Oxfordshire. In 2017, its population was estimated at 152,450. It is northwest of London ...

Hertford College
and the
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Bodleian Library
.


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