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This is the page for 205 Cowley Road.

<< 193 Manzil Way >>

February 2017
1995: Photographed by Martin Stott
1995: Closeup of the public toilets viewed from Cowley Road. Photographed by Martin Stott
A man walks past the Western end of the former public toilets. Photo by Kamyar Adl on Flickr.


Occupied by Beeline Bicycles, who moved here from a much smaller shop at number 65.

Local cycling club the Cowley Road Condors meet here each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Although the sub- police station closed in 1967, the police have retained a bolthole here, still using the white door to the right of Beeline in the 2017 photo on right.


The single-storey public toilets were demolished to make way for a larger building, with shop space below and ?flats above. Beeline Bicycles are the first occupants of the new shop space.

New public toilets were installed at the back of the building, overlooking the grass of Manzil Way.

1980s & 1990s

Public toilets[1], plus two other shop units, were at this address (a 1995 photo by Martin Stott is shown to the right. ).

There was later the Libra project drug addiction counselling service based here.

Thomsons Directory 1984 and 1998 No 205 H A John Developments. Thomsons Directory 1991 Oxford Property Services, Penthorn Ltd (The Old Workshop), Pro-Tek Fire Systems Ltd

1900s - 1970s

The 1932 Kelly's Oxford Directory lists 205 as "Ephraim Organ and Son Builders and Decorators and Sanitary Engineers", with the phone number 3522 and asking for Telegrams to be addressed to "Joinery, Oxford".. Organ's there in 1899 directory and still there in 1976 directory
Kellys Directory 1943 to 1967 Oxford City Police East Oxford Sub Station

2008: Cowley Road public toilets with their distinctive murals (demolished). Image by Ceridwen at geograph.co.uk

Before then?

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  1. See photo in Cowley & East Oxford past & Present by Malcolm Graham & another