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View east along Staverton Road from the junction with Woodstock Road.
Entrance to the University College Annex south off Staverton Road.
The astronomer John Louis Emil Dreyer, who lived and died at 14 Staverton Road.
The bishop and theologian Timothy Ware, who lived in Staverton Road.

Staverton Road is a residential road in North Oxford, England.


The road runs east–west with a gentle curve halfway along.[1] At the western end of the road is a junction with Woodstock Road (A4144) and at the eastern end is a junction with Banbury Road (A4165), the two major arterial roads out of Oxford to the north. Opposite slightly to the north at the western end is Frenchay Road. Opposite slightly to the south at the eastern end is Belbroughton Road. Parallel to the south is Rawlinson Road and to the north is Lathbury Road. It forms the approximate northern boundary of the original North Oxford development by St John's College, Oxford, along with Frenchay Road to the west and Marston Ferry Road to the east.[2]


"Stavertonia", or the University College Annex, a student accommodation complex of buildings for University College, Oxford, is located south of the road,[3] largely built in 1967.[4] Staverton House, at 104 Woodstock Road close to Staverton Road, was bought by University College in 1953 and converted into flats.[5] Lord Beveridge (1878–1963), Master of University College from 1937–45, rented one of the flats for a while.

Trinity College, Oxford has an annex on the north corner of Staverton Road with Woodstock Road, providing accommodation for over 70 members of the college.[6] It was built in 1979 to a design by the architect Simon Shew of Grey and Baynes.


The Danish-Irish astronomer John Louis Emil Dreyer (1852–1926) lived at 14 Staverton Road from 30 September 1916 onwards with his wife Kate.[7] While in Oxford, he worked on his 15-volume edited collection of the works of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.[8] On 14 September 1926, Dreyer died at his home in Staverton Road.

England's first woman barrister and tutor at St Anne's college, Ivy Williams, lived at 30 Staverton Road until her death in 1966.

The theologian and bishop within the Eastern Orthodox Church, Kallistos Ware (born Timothy Ware, 1934), lived with his parents at 15 Staverton Road.[9]

Other residents include the ecological economist Stanislav Edward Shmelev,[10] Sir William D. M. Paton FRS (1917–1993), winner of the Gairdner Foundation International Award in 1959 and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, and the solid-state physicist H. M. Rosenberg.[11]


  1. ^ Symonds, Ann Spokes (1997). "Buildings and Gardens". The Changing Faces of North Oxford. Book One. Robert Boyd Publications. p. 11. ISBN 1 899536 25 6.
  2. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "North Oxford". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. pp. 282–284. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.
  3. ^ "Other college buildings in Oxford". University College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ Harrison, Brian, ed. (1994). The History of the University of Oxford. Volume VIII: The Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press. p. 863. ISBN 978-0198229742.
  5. ^ Symonds, Ann Spokes (1998). "People". The Changing Faces of North Oxford. Book Two. Robert Boyd Publications. p. 126. ISBN 1 899536 33 7.
  6. ^ Symonds, Ann Spokes (1998). "College and Schools". The Changing Faces of North Oxford. Book Two. Robert Boyd Publications. p. 55. ISBN 1 899536 33 7.
  7. ^ Steinicke, Wolfgang (2010). Observing and Cataloguing Nebulae and Star Clusters: From Herschel to Dreyer's New General Catalogue. Cambridge University Press. p. 229. ISBN 978-0521192675.
  8. ^ Hughes, Stefan (2012). Catchers of the Light: The Astrophotographers' Family History. Google Books. p. 112. ISBN 978-1620509616.
  9. ^ Behr, John; Louth, Andrew; Conomos, Dimitri E., eds. (2003). Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West : Festschrift for Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. St Vladimir's Seminary Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-0881412482.
  10. ^ Shmelev, Stanislav E. (2011). Ecological Economics: Sustainability in Practice. Springer. ISBN 978-9400719712.
  11. ^ "Staverton Road". Kelly's Directory of Oxford. Kelly's Directories. 1976. pp. 453–454.

Coordinates: 51°46′17″N 1°15′54″W / 51.7715°N 1.2649°W / 51.7715; -1.2649

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