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New College Lane is a historic street in central
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colleges, adjacent to the north. In 2010, New College Lane was named Britain's fourth most picturesque street, as part of
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Description

At the northwestern end of New College Lane is a junction with
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, with the
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opposite. The main feature is the
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connecting two parts of
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, which was completed in 1914 and attracts many tourists for the view. Also to the north is a small alley leading past some of the historic city wall to the
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, a hidden but favourite public house for students and tourists. The lane has three bends as it winds its way between the surrounding colleges. There is a rear entrance to New College. The lane is largely surrounded by high stone walls, with few windows. Some good examples of
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s can be seen, a feature of Oxford college architecture. At its southeastern end, the lane continues as
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, named after Queen's College to the south and west. There is a gate in the road at this point to prevent through traffic.


Historic Markers

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on a terraced house on the north side of the lane records that it was occupied by
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Edmond Halley
, after whom
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is named.


Residents

Past and present residents of the lane include: * Emily Benn - Labour Parliamentary candidate. *
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- English Astronomer Royal known for computing the orbit of Halley's Comet.


Local Legends

Local legend claims that, during the
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,
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gathered volunteers here for an unsuccessful mounted raid on a Parliamentarian pay train. The reports of the sound of clattering hooves and men in armour here have been linked to this legend via
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theory. A phantom horse and carriage was reported here by ''Isis'' on 5 June 1968.


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Oxford Walks: Inner circuit
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Merton Street
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