The Venice of the North (of Oxford)

Away from the well-beaten tourist trail and famous student haunts, Oxford is home to plenty more than dreaming spires and dusty libraries. In our series, Secret Oxford, we shed light on lesser-known parts of the city that deserve more praise, from intimate college gardens to the best pub snugs in town.

Every month an Oxonian reveals a location particularly dear to their heart, and explains what makes it so special. This month, Josie Dixon (University College, 1983) visits Oxford’s little slice of Venice, St Barnabas in Jericho, and remembers her musical encounters with the fascinating building — as well as the Italian monastery that inspired it.

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