A Brief History of the Dumpy Building

American 'Golden Age' film star Mae West said a man can be short, dumpy and going bald, "but if he has fire, women will like him". She obviously hadn't met Trev. But if a building is short, dumpy and going bald, JACK will still like it - even if it has no fire because it's run out of oil. Again.

This particular dumpy slab of creaking concrete, frayed wires and damp, mouldy carpet just off the Woodstock Road has been the home of JACKfm in Oxfordshire for the past 11 and a half years. But it hasn't always been this glamorous.

Originally the Dumpy Building wasn't so dumpy. The City & County of Oxford Control Centre, was built in 1962 and is completely separate from the County of Oxfordshire Control Centre. It was abandoned after 1968 with the City using the basement of the ancient Guildhall. The former control centre is now used by Channel 6 television..

 


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