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Queen's Lane is a historic street in central
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, named after Queen's College, to the south and west.
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, is located on the southern end of this street.


Location

At the southeastern end of Queen's Lane is a junction onto the
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. To the west is Queen's College and to the east on the corner is the Queen's Lane Coffee House, a historic coffee house dating from 1654, claimed (along with others) to be the oldest in Oxford. Just north of the Queen's Lane Coffee House, on the eastern side of the lane, is the main entrance to
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. The 12th-century church of St Peter-in-the-East, which was
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in the 1970s and is now the library of St Edmund Hall, is situated to the north of the college's entrance. There is a bend in the lane about halfway along, following the boundaries of the surrounding colleges. The lane is largely surrounded by high stone walls with few windows, but with some good examples of
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s, a feature of Oxford college architecture. At the north-western end, the lane continues as
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, named after New College to the north of Queen's Lane. There is a barrier in the road at this point to prevent through traffic.


History

The part of the lane near the High Street was formerly called St Edmund Hall Lane in the 18th century. Past the bend at the middle of the current Queen's Lane it was called Torald Street. By 1772, both of these became known by the present name of Queen's Lane.


Gallery

File:St Edmund Hall in Queens Lane - geograph.org.uk - 1420217.jpg, The entrance to
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, as seen from Queen's Lane. File:Queens Lane just short of High Street.jpg, Queen's Lane, looking south, just short of
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, Oxford. File:Queens Lane turning into New College Lane Oxford.jpg, Queen's Lane, heading north, about to turn into
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, looking towards
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. File:Oxford - Archway - geograph.org.uk - 1330097.jpg, The
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at the junction with
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.


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Queen's Lane, off High Street, Oxford

Queen's Lane Coffee House
information from
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Queen's Lane Coffee House information from OxfordCityGuide.com


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