Oxford Preservation Trust

Oxford Preservation Trust is committed to ensuring a positive future for Oxford, preserving and enhancing the City's historic character and green setting, whilst recognising the needs of the 21st century city. Founded in 1926, the Trust was one of the first local amenity societies in England, and is now Oxford's largest, with over 1000 members.
The Trust owns over 800 acres of land in and around the City. It encourages an active interest in it, manages it an environmentally sensitive way and gives public access wherever possible. Two of the City's important green spaces, South Park and Shotover, were given by the Trust to the City for the benefit of the public. There are several listed buildings in the Trust's ownership, including a fifteenth-century merchant's house in Abingdon which is open to the public, and the row of seventeenth-century cottages in Turn Again Lane close to the Westgate car park, one of which houses the Trust's offices.


Close to this spot lies the site of the mediaeval gallows. In 1610 Blessed George Napier, Catholic Priest and Martyr, was executed here.

Oxford Castle, Oxford, United Kingdom

John Buchan First Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield Author Governor-General of Canada lived here 1919-1935

Manor House, Elsfield, Oxford, United Kingdom

The Victoria Fountain Built in 1899 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, designed by architect E.P. Warren. A drinking fountain for people and horses, it stands near the site of a former 18th century toll house and the original St Clement's Church.

The Plain, Oxford, United Kingdom