Yes - it's a shark in the roof.

This is The Headington Shark in Oxford, officially its title is untitled 1986, named after the year it was installed. Well of course the battle with the planning authorities lasted for years but in the end the shark was allowed to stay. I couldn't be happier.


The story is a fascinating one and well-told on this site. I strongly suggest you have a read of it, but for the time being enjoy this quote from a 1992 article about the shark in The Times:


There is nothing about smiling in the analects of the planning committee of the Oxford city council, and that august body ruled that it must come down, giving as the reason that it had been put up without planning permission, or more likely just because it was delightful, innocent, fresh and amusing — all qualities abhorred by such committees.

  • freef0cus 9y

    bizarre and wonderful!
  • casewiggle 9y

    seen that!
  • Brownie Bear 8y

    I seem to remember hearing that the owner wanted to put up a conservatory/extension at the rear and was refused planning permission. However, the shark did not require it. So the shark was put up as a protest about this.
  • Bowhaus PRO 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Improbable Titles, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • John Macy 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Odd Shots, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Ashellygirl 7y

    "Huney Im home why is there a shark in my roof"
  • Ron PRO 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A Plethora of Fish Facsimiles, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • johannes_96 7y

  • fifthteensuperhans 7y

    I Love going past that place ever so kitchy
  • XDinosaur_ZarX 6y

    THIS has got to be alot of .............................?!
  • mefeather PRO 6y

    Funny! :)
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