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 Iffley Fields

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

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.

History : Text

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

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 (

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:

 21 Bedford Street 

14 Chester Street

History : About

Fairacres House

Fairacres House was built in the 1830s. Now part of the Convent, it is the only surviving large house in the area,

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What is this?

You can see this by the entrance to the Kidneys. What do you think it is?


The Kidneys and Longbridges in 1920

A walk to Longbridges using the Ferry (The Fields 2000)


A Sunday walk in 1950

A Sunday afternoon walk to the river remembered by John Purves (The Fields 2000)


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.

History : Programs
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