No. 15: Oxford Information Centre

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No. 15 probably dates from the mid-eighteenth century. It is a Grade II listed building (List Entry No. 1185348), and is is owned by Oxford City Council

The Oxford City Information Centre moved here from Gloucester Green early in 2003.


In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. No. 15 was then in the occupation of a Mrs Gardiner, and its frontage was measured as 5 yards 1 feet 3 inches.


At the time of the 1851 census, No. 15 was occupied by Sarah East, a widow of 38, who had four children aged from 2 to 11. She is described as a saddler employing one “man” and one apprentice; her “man” is evidently her brother, Richard Clapton, who lived in this house with her and is described as a saddler workman.

In 1861 the house was occupied by a watchmaker, Daniel Chapman, and his wife and six children; he was to remain here for another thirty years.

Buol’s advertisement






Buol’s Restaurant was in this building from 1893 to 1915.

The advertisement on the left comes from Alden’s Oxford Directory of 1906, when Buol had restaurants both here and at 21 Cornmarket


Occupants of 15 Broad Street listed in directories


E.P. East, Saddler & harness maker
Sarah East, Saddler


Daniel Chapman, Watchmaker & Jeweller



1893: John George Buol, Confectioner

1894–1898: John G. Buol, Swiss Café, Swiss & French pastry cook and confectioner;
caterer for balls, picnics, &c.

1899: Buol’s Restaurant, Pastry cook & confectioner; caterer for balls, picnics etc.

1900–1915: John George Buol, Confectioner


Emberlin & Son, Booksellers (later Stationers)


Chiswells Ltd, Antique dealers


The Pottery Shop


Isis Recording Studios


Lloyds Bank (later Lloyds TSB) (also at 16 next door from 1970)


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