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No. 20: Broad Canvas

19 & 20 Broad Street

 

No. 20 on the left is part of the same building as No. 19 on the right, and they are jointly Grade II listed (List Entry No. 1185358). They date from about 1700, but have been remodelled.

This building is owned by Oxford City Council.

At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford Nos. 19 & 20 formed one house occupied by a Mrs Baggs, with its frontage measured as 7 yards exactly

 

The 1851 census shows the printseller John Shrimpton living at No. 20 with his wife, four young children, and a house servant.

In 1861, the building was occupied by William Benjamin Cunningham (described as a “manufacturer of fancy goods in wood”), his wife, and his son of the same name (described as a pianoforte tuner, stationer, & fancy warehouseman”), and their servant.

By the time of the 1881 census the house was occupied by James Coles (described as a printer & stationer employing two boys), with his wife and two little children and a general servant.

Occupants of 20 Broad Street listed in directories

1852

John Shrimpton, Carver & gilder and manufacturer of church furniture &c.

1861–1866

W.B. Cunningham, Fancy stationer

1869–1876

William Clarke, Fancy repository

1880–1882

James Coles, General printer & stationer

1884–1918

Joseph Thomas Filsell, Florist

1919–1964

S. West & Sons, Fruiterers & florists

1968–1969

Art & Stationery Co. Ltd, Picture frame makers

1970–c.1978

Brush & Compass (Hunt’s), Artists’ materials makers
(moved to No. 14 c.1978)

c.1978–present

Broad Canvas, Artist’s materials

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