The infamous Cutteslowe Walls stood for a quarter of a century in North Oxford to divide an estate into the middle-class and working-class.

Almost 60 years on residents believe there is still a firm divide, with the 'class war' resurfacing this week.

But where did it all start?

Oxford Mail:

The walls were erected in 1934 by a private developer and became a long-running battle between developers and Oxford city Council to bring them down.

The two walls were nine foot high and topped with spikes, built by Clive Saxton’s Urban Housing Company.

A petition was drawn up and there were several unsuccessful attempts to bring down the walls including a march in 1936 when campaigners armed themselves with pickaxes to knock them down, but police barred their way.

In 1938 the city council, against legal advice, demolished the walls with a steam roller but were forced to get it rebuilt after being sued by the company.

A tank on a practice exercise also stormed one wall but the War Office was later forced to pay for the rebuild.

Oxford Mail:

Ultimately the council bought the land for £1,000 and on March 9, 1959, at 7.30am the first ceremonial swipe was made during the final demolition.

Former Lord Mayor of Oxford Anne Spokes Symonds, was among those to campaign, for the walls to be bulldozed and in 2015 donated a piece of the wall to the Museum of Oxford.