Wellington Square, Oxford

For other places with the same name, see Wellington Square.
Rewley House on the south side of Wellington Square at the junction with St John Street (on the right).
Wellington Square in the snow.

Wellington Square is a garden square in central Oxford, England, a continuation northwards of St John Street. In the centre of the square is a small park, Wellington Square Gardens, owned by the University of Oxford. A bicycle route passes into Little Clarendon Street through the pedestrian area at the front of the University Offices in the north-east of the Square.

The street name is used to refer metonymically to the central administration of the University of Oxford,[1][2] which in 1975 moved from the Clarendon Building to new buildings with an address in the Square but built at that time, along with graduate student accommodation, along the adjacent Little Clarendon Street.

The University's Department for Continuing Education is in the Square in Rewley House, which was designed in 1872 by the Oxford architect E.G. Bruton, who also laid out the square.[3] This was the initial location of Kellogg College. Number 47 houses the administrative offices of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, as well as the University's Slavic and Modern Greek collections. Barnett House (named after the social reformer Canon Samuel Barnett and his wife Henrietta), home of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention is found along one side of the square.

The Oxford University Broadcasting Society used a studio of Radio Oxford in the Square.[4]


  1. Morris, Jan (1987). Oxford. Oxford University Press. p. 41. ISBN 0-19-282065-6.
  2. Director's Office / Wellington Square, Research Services, University Administration and Services, University of Oxford, UK.
  3. Tyack, Geoffrey (1998). Oxford: An Architectural Guide. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. p. 236. ISBN 0-19-817423-3.
  4. Constitution, UK: Oxford University Broadcasting Society, 5 February 1975

Coordinates: 51°45′28″N 1°15′44″W / 51.75778°N 1.26222°W / 51.75778; -1.26222

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