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No. 7: Watsons of Oxford

Watsons, 3 Broad Street

 

No. 7 is the right-hand half of a building dating from around 1800. It is jointly Grade II listed with No. 8 next door (List Entry No. 1185307), and is owned by Oxford City Council.

At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford Nos. 7 & 8 were occupied by a Mr Clement, and their combined frontage measured 11yd 2ft 6in.

The area behind this shop was a market garden from at least 1830 to 1846, belonging to the nurseryman T. Fairbairn, described in 1839 as “late Gardener to their Royal Highnesses, the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold”.

No one lived in No. 7 at the time of the 1851 and 1881 censuses.

From 1861 to 1871 it was the county court office, wedged between two firms of solicitors; it remained a solicitors’ office to 1905.

Since 1909 it has been a retail shop.

Occupants of 7 Broad Street listed in directories

1861–1871

County Court Office

1872–1893

Solicitors Office
1872–1876: R.S. Hawkins
1880–1889: Arthur Ernest Ward
1890–1: Hawkins, Ward & Higgs
1893: Arthur Ernest Ward

1895–1904

Williams & Norgate
Publishers & Booksellers

1906–1907

Harold Williams
Auctioneer & estate agent

1909–1939

Milliners
1909–1924: Miss A. K. Baughan
1915–1916: Miss Mary Ashley
1919–1922: Miss Germaine Guy
1923–1939: Mireille (latterly Dressmaker)

1941–1954

Edith Pearce, Gowns

1956–1968

Alex Chevalier Ltd, Costumiers

1969–2014

Bonnie

2014–present

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