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Swindon Marriott Hotel

Pipers Way  Swindon  England  SN3 1SH  United Kingdom 

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Visitor's Guide: Oxford

The Parish Church Of St Michael At The Northgate

Saxon Tower
  • Cornmarket Street 
  • Oxford,  OX1 3EY
  • Phone: +44 1865 24 0940
  • Fax: +44 1865 72 8095
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  • Neighborhood: Headington
  • Category: Religious Sights
  • Accessible for persons with disabilities: yes


Dating from about 1040, this is Oxford's oldest building. It is situated in the middle of the shopping area and is passed every day by thousands of people who scarcely give it a glance. Built during the late Saxon period, the two towers of the original north gate were later connected by the Bocardo prison which held the three martyrs (see Martyrs' Memorial) before they were burned at the stake. Their cell door is in the tower, as are a page from a 1437 set of churchwardens' accounts, some fine examples of church silver (including a 1562 chalice), and the great seal of King James I.

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