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Following the medieval tradition of street traders throughout the city centre of many English towns, Oxford was certainly no exception, and had many lively stalls and good quality goods. But, as time went on, by the later part of the 18th century, in Oxford the Mile ways Act in 1771 condemned the remains of medieval street trading in the High Street and St Aldate’s, i.e. the ‘heart’ of the city of Oxford, for many traders at the time.
As a result of this, on 1 Nov 1774 the Covered Market was officially opened and is still very much alive today – although more recent higher rents have unfortunately made it difficult for many traders to stay, the Covered Market is still thriving, with over fifty independent shops and retailers. It features a wide variety of shops, ranging from organic butchers, leading fishmongers, unique cheese shops, cake decorating shop, several bakeries, coffee, tea, and sandwich shops, gift shops, clothing and shoe stores, craft shops, leather goods and so on.
It is a good place to visit, support, and/or have a coffee or lunch when in the city centre area. It is located to the north of the High Street towards the western end between Cornmarket and Turl Streets, not far from the chief city centre landmark in the very centre of Oxford – the Carfax Tower – so is fairly easy to find.
For more information, opening times, and directions, see oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk
If you would like to stay close to the Covered Market and the other attractions in the city centre, we have a number of apartments situated close by including a one bed apartment and two bed duplex penthouse in the heart of the Castle Quarter, or a luxury ground floor studio apartment with views over Mill Stream.
For further information, contact our lettings team quoting the property reference numbers.