St Cross College

St. Cross College was formally set up by the University in 1965, and admitted its first graduate students (five in number) in the following year.  Its location from 1965 until 1981 was on a site in St. Cross Road, immediately south of St. Cross Church. 

In 1976 negotiations began between the College and the Governors of the Dr. Pusey Memorial Fund, to consider the possibility of St. Cross moving to share Pusey House's site in St. Giles. In 1981, the College moved from St Cross Road into St Giles, taking up a 999 year lease for the entire site, with the exception of the chapel.

The archives extend back to the decade preceding the establishment of the College, and include materials relating to the establishment of the St Cross as well as Iffley (now Wolfson) College. There are also architectural records of constructions at both the St Cross Road site and on St Giles. The papers of a number of the founding or early Fellows are also deposited with the College.


Archivist: Philippa Taney

Opening Hours: by arrangement with the Archivist.

Address: St. Cross College, St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ

Phone: 01865 278481


Further reading:

WE van Heyningen, The Founding of St Cross College, Oxford: An Interested Account (1988).

Kenneth Hylson-Smith, A History of Holywell and St Cross College/Brasenose; College Residential Site (1996).

Kenneth Hylson-Smith, David Sturdy & Brian Atkins, A History of St Giles and the St Cross; College/Pusey House Site, (1993).

Tim Pound, Jan-Georg Deutsch and Diarmaid MacCulloch (ed. Emilie Savage-Smith), St Cross College at Fifty (2015).