St Giles’ is a boulevard starting from the Martyrs’ Memorial and stretching north to St Giles’ Church, thus positioned entirely outside the city walls of medieval Oxford. On the first Monday and Tuesday in September since 1200 a fair has been held here, offering spirits and festivities as well as, later, stalls and rides. A giant wheel, a pendulum ride, a haunted house — not to mention candy floss, honeycomb, jelly snakes, and fruit whips — St Giles’ Fair has it all.
St Giles’ is also home to one of the most famous pubs in Oxford, Eagle and Child, frequented by J. R. R. Tolkien, among others. Tolkien even named one of his characters after this street: a 1937 story by the author was titled Farmer Giles of Ham and told of the adventures of a reluctant hero.
‘OxShot’ is our brand new visual essay from Katariina Kottonen (Chance & Physics). Every Monday, get a glimpse of the city’s literary life, and be reminded of its astonishing cultural richness. One take, for your double-take.