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Magdalen Street is a short shopping street in central
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Oxford
,
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, just north of the original north gate in the city walls. Traditionally, the name of the street is pronounced and not as the name of the
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College
, which is always . At the southern end, Magdalen Street meets
Cornmarket Street Cornmarket Street (colloquially referred to as Cornmarket or historically The Corn) is a major shopping street and pedestrian zone, pedestrian precinct in Oxford, England that runs north to south between Magdalen Street and Carfax, Oxford, Car ...
continuing to the south,
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Broad Street
to the east and George Street to the west. At the northern end it continues as St Giles' to the north, with
Beaumont Street Beaumont Street is a street in the centre of Oxford Oxford () is a city in England. It is the county town In the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) ...
to the west. To the west are shops. The street used to be the location of Oxford's leading department store for many years,
Elliston & Cavell Elliston & Cavell was for many years the leading department store in Oxford, England. The store was located on the west side of Magdalen Street in central Oxford. The shop stocked uniforms for local schools such as the Dragon School. History ...
. It later became a
Debenhams Debenhams plc was a British retail company operating a series of department stores in the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland. It was founded in 1778 as a single store in London and grew to 178 locations across those countries, ...

Debenhams
store. On the northern corner with Beaumont Street is the
Macdonald Randolph Hotel The Randolph Hotel ("The Randolph") is a 5 star hotel in the heart of Oxford, England. It is on the south side of Beaumont Street, at the corner with Magdalen Street, opposite the Ashmolean Museum and close to the Oxford Playhouse. The hotel's ...
, widely considered to be Oxford's leading hotel. To the east is a historic church,
St Mary Magdalen Mary Magdalene, sometimes called Mary of Magdala, or simply the Magdalene or the Madeleine, was a woman who, according to the four canonical gospels, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and was a witness to crucifixion of Jesus, his cru ...
, originally established in
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times. Beyond that is Magdalen Street East and
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Balliol College
. North of the church is the
Martyrs' Memorial The Martyrs' Memorial is a stone monument positioned at the intersection of St Giles' Street, Oxford, St Giles', Magdalen Street and Beaumont Street, to the west of Balliol College, Oxford, England. It commemorates the 16th-century Oxford Mar ...

Martyrs' Memorial
, commemorating the
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. Thornton's Bookshop opened in Magdalen Street in 1835 and was located here until 1840, and again from 1853 to 1863.
St Giles' Fair There are several places in the United Kingdom named St Giles' FairThere are several places in the United Kingdom named St Giles' Fair. St Giles' Fair (also St Giles Fair) is an annual fair held in St Giles', a wide thoroughfare in central nor ...
, held at the beginning of September each year and mainly in St Giles' to the north, extends into Magdalen Street. During the 1930s, the poet
John Betjeman Sir John Betjeman (; 28 August 190619 May 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death. He was a founding member of The Victorian Society and a passionat ...

John Betjeman
noted that:
It is about the biggest fair in England. The whole of St Giles' and even Magdalen Street by
Elliston and Cavell's Elliston & Cavell was for many years the leading department store in Oxford, England. The store was located on the west side of Magdalen Street in central Oxford. The shop stocked uniforms for local schools such as the Dragon School. History ...
right up to and beyond the War Memorial, at the meeting of the
Woodstock Woodstock Music and Art Fair, commonly referred to simply as Woodstock, was a music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, Woodstock. Billed as "an ...
and
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roads, is thick with
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s,
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roundabouts
, cake-walks, the whip, and the
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.''Alison Petch
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, Oxford, UK.


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