Clarendon Shopping Centre

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Clarendon Centre
The entrance from Shoe Lane.
Location Oxford, England
Coordinates 51°45′09″N 1°15′31″W / 51.75248°N 1.25861°W / 51.75248; -1.25861
Opening date 1984
Architect Gordon Benny and Partners

The Clarendon Centre (or Clarendon Shopping Centre[1]) is a shopping centre in central Oxford, England.[2] It is located to the west of Cornmarket Street and to the north of Queen Street. It is accessible from both of these streets and is l-shaped. There is also an entrance on Shoe Lane, off New Inn Hall Street.

The area was the site of an early archaeological study in the 1950s.[3] On this site was the Clarendon Hotel in Cornmarket that grew from two former coaching inns, the King's Head and the Star. Below was a 12th-century undercroft.

The Clarendon Centre was built in 1983–4, designed by Gordon Benny and Partners.[2] On the opposite side of Cornmarket is the more historic Golden Cross shopping arcade, located in one of the old coaching inns of Oxford, leading to the Covered Market.[4] Also at the western end of Queen Street is the Westgate Shopping Centre, completed in 1972.

In 2012, a plan to extend the centre floorspace by 10% was put forward.[5] Archaeologists carried out an excavation beneath the site to discover remains of occupation from the 17th century and earlier.[6]


  1. ^ "Shopping Centre at Clarendon Shopping Centre". Visit Oxfordshire. Retrieved 19 August 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Clarendon Centre". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 94. ISBN 0-333-39917-X. 
  3. ^ Hassall, Tom (1987). Oxford: The Buried City. Oxford Archaeological Unit. pp. 6, 34. ISBN 0 904220 09 5. 
  4. ^ "Plans for new Clarendon Center put forward (2012)". Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Oxford's Clarendon Centre grows to ‘defend itself’". Oxford Mail. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Shoppers pop in to see what lies beneath Clarendon centre at archaeology day". Oxford Mail. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

External links

  • Clarendon Centre website

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