St Thomas's & St Ebbe's history exhibition

Last edited by Liz Woolley on 2 October 2021

Venue, Timing and Cost

Oxfordshire County Library, Westgate, Oxford
Tuesday, 14 September 2021 to Saturday, 30 October 2021
Mon - Thurs: 9am - 8pm; Fri & Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Staff of Bennett's Laundry, St Ebbe's, on a works outing in 1937

Visit a new exhibition to discover the history of the ancient parishes of St Thomas's and St Ebbe's in west Oxford.

The parish of St Thomas's was home to Oxford's breweries, to its boating and barge communities, and to those who built the railways. Neighbouring St Ebbe's was the site of Oxford's gasworks and its cattle market, and had more pubs more per square yard than any other part of Oxford. Both parishes had a repuation as the most lively - some might say disreputable - in the city.

In the later 20th century St Thomas's and St Ebbe's were cleared, and their close-knit communities dispersed. However, a surprising number of historic buildings remain (not at least the Marmalade Factory itself) to remind us of this rich history, and this often overlooked area is now set to become the centrepiece of Oxford's new West End Development.

The exhibition is sponsored by OxWED, Oxford West End Development Ltd.

Further Information

Contact Details: 

Liz Woolley,, 01865 242760

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