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No. 6: Cath Kidston

6 Broad Street

 

This building next-door to Boswell House dates from about 1800. It is Grade II listed (List Entry No. 1047342), and is owned by Oxford City Council.

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. The house that then stood on this site was in the occupation of a Mr George, and its frontage measured 7 yards 2 feet 6  inches.

 

This was a former book warehouse, whose premises extend as far south as Ship Street and include a bastion of the former city wall.

From 1974 the shop was used as Blackwell’s Children’s bookshop, which moved next door in 1986 when this building was taken over by the Oxford Story. It has been a shop again since 2008.

The 1841 and 1851 censuses show John Crews Dudley living in this house (which was numbered 7 before 1861). In 1851 he was a widower of 40, but his wife must have died very recently, as the youngest of his five children is only one year old. This baby, George Dennis Dudley, was to take over the business from his father in 1875.

In 1881 it was occupied by Joseph A. Muir (a tailor & outfitter employing twelve men). He lived over the shop with his wife and five young daughters, looked after by a cook and housemaid.

Various government departments were housed here between 1921 and 1947. From then until 1970 it was the Broad Street post office (formerly at No. 12).

For 21 years it was the home of the Oxford Story. Jesus College now occupies the upper floors of this building.

Occupants of 6 Broad Street listed in directories

1823–1876

Solicitors

1823–1846: Crews Dudley & Son

1852–1874: John Crews Dudley

1875–1876: George Dennis Dudley

1880

J.A. Muir

1882–1899

William Baker

1890–1906

Mark Dugald Stark, Physician & Surgeon

1907–1909

Charles Hadland

1910–1914

Richard Hawkins (Mrs Hawkins from 1912), University lodging house

1918–1920

Oxfordshire Women’s Agricultural Committee

1921–1947

Numerous Government Departments, e.g.
1921: Ministry of Labour Training Department;
            Oxford City War Pensions Committee; Inland Revenue Valuation Dept
1925: County Court; District Registry of High Justice
1943: The Assistance Board
1945–1947: Ministry of Transport (Road Haulage Branch)

1949–1970

Broad Street Post Office

1972–1973

Carmita, Bahay Kubo Enterprises Ltd Gift shop

1974–1986

Blackwell’s Children’s Bookshop (moved from No. 22, and moved on to No. 8)

1986–2007

Oxford Story

2008–2009

ExStore

2010

Cath Kidston

Upstairs and back: Ship Street Centre (Jesus College accommodation)

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