Shopping Breaks Oxford
There are a number of specialist shops in Oxford, including jewellers, art galleries, craft shops, toy shops, antiques shops, gift shops and there are also countless clothes shops in Oxford, providing the perfect place for some serious fashion shopping.
Oxford’s main shopping streets include Oxford High Street – full of a large number of independent shops and boutiques, Broad Street – with a number of book stores, gift shops and art galleries and the Covered Market – dating back almost 300 years and full of a varied collection of stalls and interesting small shops.
The Covered Market was started in response to a general wish to clear untidy and unsavoury stalls from the main streets. John Gwynn architect of Magdalen Bridge, drew up the plans and designed the High Street front with its four entrances. In 1772 the newly-formed Market committee (half of whose members came from the town and half from the university) accepted an estimate of nine hundred and sixteen pounds ten shillings, for building twenty butchers shops. Today you can still buy a great selection of meat and fish here, and numerous cheeses, but the scope of trading has enlarged since the early days.