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Nos. 9–10: Oxford Campus Stores

9-10 Broad Street

 

At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford No 9 & 10 Broad Street were occupied by a Mrs Seely, with their combined frontage measured 6yd 2ft 1in.

Nos. 9 & 10 Broad Street were originally two very narrow houses. In 1853 Charles Taphouse had his piano and music shop at No. 10.

In 1863 this pair of shops was extensively altered by William Wilkinson. A new storey was added, as well as a new red-brick and timber-framed front, and since then they have formed one shop.

The first occupant of the new shop was Joseph Thornton, who started his well-known bookshop here before moving next door in 1870.

In 1874 the premises were enlarged by Frederick Codd to accommodate the famous photographer Henry Taunt: new waiting and dressing rooms, mounting rooms, and a gallery were built at a cost to Taunt of £1,000 (see Oxford University Herald, 24 October 1863)

Henry Taunt leased this shop from Alderman Carr from 1874 to 1894, and also ran a picture-framing manufactory in Boxall’s Yard behind this shop. The 1881 census shows him living upstairs with his wife Miriam: he is described as an employer of eleven men, four women, and two boys. The drawing below, taken from a Taunt advertisement, shows what the shop looked like around that time.

The building is owned by Oxford City Council.

Henry Taunt at 9-10 Broad Street

Howes Model shop

 

At the end of 1894 Taunt’s lease ran out and he was forced to leave these premises: he moved to the High Street.

From 1962 to 1996 this was Howes Model Shop

Pictures from English Heritage:

The area behind the present Nos. 7, 8, and 9 was a market garden from at least 1830 to 1846, belonging to the nurseryman T. Fairbairn.

Occupants of 9 and 10 Broad Street listed in directories

1857

Charles Taphouse had his music store at No. 10

Extensive alteration in 1863 which made the two shops into one

1866–1869

Joseph Thornton, Secondhand book dealer

1871–1872

Last & Castell, Milliners

1875–1894

Henry Taunt, Photographers, carvers, & gilders

1896–1906

Coxeter & Sons Ltd, Cycle makers: Makers of the Abingdon cycle

1907–1917

Edwin C. Armstead, Cycle maker

1918–1939

Layton & Son, Cycle agents

1941–1960

Howes Cycles Ltd

1962–c.1996

Howes Model Shop

c.1996–present

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