12 May 2007

Oxford’s Saxon Tower

Oxford Saxon Tower

The Saxon tower of St Michael in the North Gate is the oldest building in Oxford.



  1. i was told by one of the surveyors who excavated oxford castle that st georges tower is far older than said, and that it was built by the saxons long before d’oilly,
    i was also told other things that have been kept secret from the public for fear of history having to be re written,
    i have done my own research and have found the crypt to be larger than known, several entrances have been bricked up, and at least 3 tunnels hidden from public view, there is much more to the crypt and tower and the mound than the public know, yes there were battles and many deaths back then, why the secrecy and hidden artifacts to prove this,
    oxford was not a sleepy little market castle, as stated by a speaker at one of the talks given at the castle,
    the saxons were also a fierce race and defended themselves, why was all evidence hidden when the excavation took place, just a few saxon pottery items found, WHAT A MYSTERY.
    i know a lot more than is known to the public,

    Comment by tony green — 30 September 2007 @ 11:29 pm

  2. no, the oldest building in Oxford is Saxon St George’s Tower in Oxford Castle :)

    Comment by larisa — 1 September 2008 @ 12:00 pm

  3. As far as I can discover, St Michael’s Tower is pre-Conquest and dates from 1040. Oxford Castle, including St George’s Tower, is post-Conquest and is dated from 1071 (

    Comment by Howard — 1 September 2008 @ 12:38 pm

  4. Mr Edward King in his ” Vestiges of Oxford Castle”:
    “a Saxon Castle was originally built here long before D’Oily’s time…..” before 1071

    Comment by larisa — 2 September 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  5. Well, Mr King was writing in 1796; a lot of research has been done since then.

    I agree that some have suggested that St George’s tower pre-dates D’Oily’s work. Even so, others say that St Michael’s Tower could be as early as 1010 (See Oxford Before the University, which says that this tower is ‘arguably Oxford’s earliest surviving building’).

    Still, this is a photoblog, not a history blog, and I’ll happily reflect any opinion that gets posted here. Obviously the next thing to do is to post a picture of St George’s Tower! (See for example the fifth and seventh pictures here.)

    Comment by Howard — 2 September 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  6. yes you right, this is not a history blog. St George’s Tower is beautiful, i see it every day.
    mmmm…. the modern research just a big cover up lol
    books by David Icke can give you some idea why.

    Comment by larisa — 13 September 2008 @ 11:22 am

  7. indoctrination starts at school, THE TRUTH IS WITHELD FROM THE PUBLIC,it would destroy english society as we know it, this is why there is too much conflict about dates for historical confirmation,

    Comment by tony green — 13 September 2008 @ 11:33 am

  8. […] History records this tower, part of Oxford Castle, as dating from Norman times, i.e. post-Conquest in 1071. However some disagree and there is speculation that its construction predates the Conquest, which would put the building at a similar age to the tower of St Michael in the North Gate. […]

    Pingback by St George’s Tower: Oxford’s other oldest building? « PhotoDelusions — 27 September 2008 @ 12:02 am

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