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Oxford Music Hall (1861 - 1926)



  • Existence: 26 March 1861 - May 1926


The Oxford Music Hall was opened on 26 March 1861 in Westminster, London by Charles Morton and Frederick Stanley.

The Oxford was designed by Messrs Finch Hill and Edward Paraire and comprised opulent decorations in the classical style with deep balconies and a wide stage. Its impressive interior and range of entertainments on offer soon made it one of London's most popular music halls.

The Oxford burnt down and was reconstructed in two occasions, the first one in 1868 and the second in 1872. Both fires devastated the interior of the building and gave way to changes to the decoration and floor plan while retaining the exterior architecture. In 1891, however, ownership of the Oxford passed to James Kirk, its former musical director, who sold it to a syndicate created by H. Newson-Smith, a year later. Newson-Smith run various music halls in London including the Tivoly and the London Pavilion, and decided to demolish the Oxford in order to bring it up to the standards of his other theatres. The Oxford reopened its doors on 31 January 1893 and continued entertaining audiences until its decline at the beginning of the twentieth century.

In 1917 Charles B. Cochran acquired the Oxford and started to transform it into a theatre, changing its name to the Oxford Theatre and later the New Oxford Theatre. In 1921 Cochran renovated the building to accommodate the showing of films as well as plays as popular interest in theatres and music halls continued to decline with the advent of cinemas and other entertainments.

In May 1926 the Oxford closed for the last time and the building was demolished.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

Programmes , 1881 - 2016

Reference code: 178K53
Scope and Contents

Pre-Film and variety and music hall programmes mainly related to the travelling shows of Joseph Poole and Harry Poole, Harry H. Hamilton, Mapleston Brothers and Adams but it also includes other showmen.

Dates: 1881 - 2016

The Oxford Programme, 1 October 1897

Reference code: 178K53.36
Scope and Contents Mr Leonard Barry, Miss Muriel Richards, The Faues, Miss Maud Distin, Miss Elsa Moxter, Mr G.W. Hunter, Miss Jenny Lynn, Mr Tom White's Arabs, Mr R.G. Knowles, Miss Ada Lundberg, Bellonini, Miss Billee Barlow, Mr Dan Leno, Mr Barnsby Williams, Three Sisters Hawthorne, Mr Herbert Crowley, La Belle Rose, Sisters Preston, Mr Charles Godfrey, Katrine, Mr Tom Leamore, Mr George Chirgwin, Miss Ada Alexandra, Mr Will Evans. Three fold programme, blue type on white background with illustration of a...
Dates: 1 October 1897

The Oxford Programme, 19 March 1898

Reference code: 178K53.37
Scope and Contents Miss Ada Owen, Conway and Clarke, The Brothers Artois, Miss Sophie May, Herbert La Martine, Sisters Lloyd, Mr Bransby Williams, Miss Topsy Sinden, Mr Frank Coyne, Sisters Winterton, Mr Bernard Armstrong, Tom White and his Merry Company, Mr Walter Munroe, Mr Leo Stormont, Miss Jessie Lindsay, Mr Tom Leamore, Miss Maud Irving and Rousby, Mr Pat Rafferty, Mr Albert Christian, Mr Paul Mill, Miss Florrie Forde, Mr Harry Tate, Ara, Zebra and Vora, Vendome and Chase, Mr Mark Milton, Bibb and Bobb....
Dates: 19 March 1898

The Oxford Programme, 14 March 1910

Reference code: 178K53.38
Scope and Contents Mr Leonard Teel, Miss Lily Eyton, Little Jack Marks, Sinclair and Whiteford, Miss Meredith Meredro, Wilson and Waring, Mr Fred Land, The 3 Royal Dreadnoughts, Miss Flora Cromer, Mr Will E. Stopit, Henri de Vries, Mr Fred Keeton, The Martineks, Mr Harry Pleon, The Princess D'Aryaba, Dent and Harris, Miss Ella Retford, Mr Jake Friedman, Miss Queenie Essex, The Selbinis, Ruffell's Imperial Bioscope. Three fold programme with yellow, white and black type on white background and blue, black and...
Dates: 14 March 1910

The Oxford Programme, 10 June 1912

Reference code: 178K53.39
Scope and Contents Mr S.W. Wyndham, Miss Violet King, Harvey Boys, Miss Minnie Mace, Mr Henry de Vry, Mr Harry Bedford, Gintaro, Mr Ernest Shand, The Four Vagabonds, Mr Ernest Rees, Hall and Earle, Mr Wilkie Bard, Miss Cissie Curlette, Miss Annette Kellermann, Mr Tom Jones, Mr Martyn Roland, The Fitzroys, Ruffell's Imperial Biodcope. Three fold programme with brown type and colour illustration of a woman in black robes and mortarboard cap above the front entrace of the theatre in the centre and colour...
Dates: 10 June 1912