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Friends of Old Headington

People who care for the Old Headington Conservation Area in Oxford



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About the Friends of Old Headington

We are a group of local residents who joined forces in 1959 to protect the special character of Old Headington village.

We are managed by an elected committee which meets regularly to promote our aims.

We organise local community events and hold an annual open meeting.

We publish books on the history of Old Headington


and try to ensure that special knowledge of the area is not lost


Our constitution (pdf file)


Aims of the Friends of Old Headington

To retain Old Headington as a village, with special emphasis on preserving its lanes, walls, grass verges, and trees

To ensure that new buildings and alterations are in keeping with the existing character of the village
To co-operate with the Oxford Preservation Trust and the City Council in their declared policy of preserving the village
To try and involve as many villagers as possible to achieve them successfully

What have we achieved?

Since the Friends started, we have had a lot of success working with the local council to control the development of Old Headington. We lobbied for the ugly and corroded lampposts in Bury Knowle Park to be replaced with period-style black lampposts more in keeping with the conservation area. For a full and detailed article on the lampposts of Old Headington see the Headington Heritage web site

Books and postcards of Old Headington are available from the secretary

There is a section on this website relating to the choice of building materials and techniques

The 50th Anniversary of the Friends---

Standing Order for membership subscription and Gift Aid Form (PDF)

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Past Achievements

The first achievement of the Friends (and the original reason for us forming) was successfully preventing speculative building on an area of land north of St Andrew's Church.

The land was then developed more sympathetically. Since this early victory the Friends have been active in promoting careful development including new builds, extensions and alterations.

We have also offered advice on preserving special features such as the stone walls, kerbstones, cobbles and grass verges.

We have argued for the retention of old style lampposts and pressured the council to issue a tree preservation order before Old Headington was declared a Conservation Area.

For more information about our past achievements you can download the following documents: