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2 Cornmarket

                   Davis's shop at 2 Cornmarket

 

 

The publisher A. R. Mowbray had his shop here in the 1850s and 1860s.

 

 

The publisher George Davis produced many postcards of the City of Oxford here in the early nineteenth century: his shop is shown on the left.

 

 

The hatter Frederick Margetts moved here from 12 Cornmarket in the early nineteenth century, and was still here in 1958.

In the censuses

1851

Described as “uninhabited”, implying that the jeweller Abraham Zacharias did not live on the premises.

1861

Alfred R. Mowbray (36) is living here. Born in Leicester, he was a photographer, bookseller, and stationer, married to Susan (31). They have four children: Alfred (11), Samuel (10), Florence (4), and Gertrude (2), and no servants. Only the youngest daughter was born in Oxford, suggesting that they moved here in about 1859.

1881

Richard Farrant (75), a retired cabinet maker, is living here with his unmarried daughter Harriett (39) who is the manager of her father’s old shop; he is also the employer of one assistant and one boy. They have one female servant.

Occupants of 2 Cornmarket listed in directories etc.

1839

Henry Reynolds
Tobacconist

George Thompson
Fishmonger (was at these premises
from at least 1835 to 1844)

1846

William & Charles Wells
Jewellers

William Denyer
Saddler

1850–1852

Abraham Zacharias
Silversmith, jeweller, and watch & clock maker

1858–1867

A. R. Mowbray, Photographer, bookseller etc

1872–1881

R. E. Farrant, Brush & comb maker, fancy repository, and sponge importer

1890–1911

George Davis, Fancy repository/Fancy Stores

1914–1958

Frederick A. Margetts, Hatter

1960–1988

Watches of Switzerland Ltd

1995–present

Pret A  Manger

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