Leckford Road

Leckford Road from the western end at the junction with Kingston Road, looking east with the spire of St Philip and St James Church in the distance.

Leckford Road is a road in North Oxford, England.[1] It runs between Kingston Road to the west and Woodstock Road to the east.


To the north halfway along is a junction with Warnborough Road. To the south, Leckford Place links with Plantation Road. Opposite the east end on the Woodstock Road is the Victorian St Philip and St James Church with its dominating spire, now used as the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.


The houses in Leckford Road were leased between 1873 and 1885 as part of the St John's College North Oxford estate.[1]

The most famous resident of the road was Bill Clinton, the former US president between 1993 and 2001. He lived in 46 Leckford Road while studying as a Rhodes Scholar at University College, Oxford from 1968 to 1970.[2][3] He shared the house with Frank Aller, Aller's girlfriend Jan (Jana) Brenning, David Satter, and Strobe Talbott (later an editor of Time magazine).

Wyndham House, a retirement home that backs onto Leckford Road on land originally owned by St John's College, Oxford, was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1973.[4]

Leckford Road is the former location of St Philip and St James Church of England Aided Primary School ("Phil and Jim" or "Pip and Jim"), now in Navigation Way.[5] The buildings have been converted for new use as Leckford Place School, part of d'Overbroeck's College, an independent day school for boys and girls between 11 and 16.[6]


See also


  1. 1 2 Hinchcliffe, Tanis (1992). North Oxford. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. pp. 25, 53. 55. 62. 101, 118, 191, 230–231. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  2. Hoffman, Matthew, The Bill Clinton we knew at Oxford: Apart from smoking dope (and not inhaling), what else did he learn over here? College friends share their memories with Matthew Hoffman, The Independent, 11 October 1992.
  3. "Clinton digs for sale". This is Oxfordshire. 13 November 2001. Retrieved 4 September 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. Symonds, Ann Spokes (1998). "Wyndham House". The Changing Faces of North Oxford. Book Two. Robert Boyd Publications. pp. 86–87. ISBN 1 899536 33 7.
  5. St Philip and St James Church of England Aided Primary School, Oxford, UK.
  6. Leckford Place School, d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford, UK.

Coordinates: 51°45′49″N 1°15′58″W / 51.7637°N 1.2662°W / 51.7637; -1.2662

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