Until the growth of Oxford in the 19th century, this area was fields and meadows. With the Kidneys and Astons Eyot, much of this feel is retained. In the 1830s Iffley Parish lands were enclosed. View the 1830 map of Iffley Parish here
Development started with Fairacres House (now the Convent) in the 1830s. The first houses to be built was Chester Street, including the Chester Arms.
Read Liz Woolley's fascinating Brief History of East Oxford, the Fairacres Estate, the Iffley Road Estate and Chester Street. You can visit her website www.lizwoolley.co.uk
More details of the growth of the streets can be found here
Find out more about your Street here
However the history of the area goes much further back to prehistory and Roman times
View the report from East Oxford Archaeology here.
IFRA formed the Iffley Fields History Group in 2022. Please join us and get in touch if you have any information about the history of the area, please let us know here.
The history of your house
Every house has a story to tell and records the social and economic changes over the last century. A group of residents are researching the history of their houses. If you would like to find out more email email@example.com
There is a lot of information out there, starting with your own house deeds. A general guide to researching streets from Oxford sources is available here: How to research an Oxford street (oxfordhistory.org.uk)
We aim to build up a library of individual house histories and a history for each street. If you have a history to add please share it!
So far we have:
Blog about Oxford and its Rivers
Joanna Innes, a local resident, has been writing a blog about Oxford and its rivers during lockdown
This includes some local information, e.g. about the Kidneys and Aston’s Eyot. The post includes links to her sources of information. She welcomes further information and corrections.