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28 Cornmarket


28 Cornmarket

The above picture taken in 2009 shows 28 Cornmarket Street (now occupied by Chequepoint)..

This building probably dates from the fifteenth century, and was altered in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. It was restored by Thomas Rayson in 1952, and is Grade II listed.

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. According to Salter, 28 Cornmarket was then in the occupation of Mr Constable, and had a frontage of 4 yards, 1 ft. and 9 in.

In about 1813 Joseph Andrews had an auction business here, which on his death in 1830 was taken over briefly by his son Charles Wood Andrews. In 1835 the shop was taken over by Hughes & Company.

On 20 January 1844 the draper Henry Hatch announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal that he was moving to this shop at 28 Cornmarket Street from 71 High Street.

In the Censuses

1841

The draper Henry Hatch (22) is living over the shop with Sarah Hatch (2) and Henry Hatch (1). A miller and one female servant also live with them.

1851

Nicholas Sweetman (37), a linen draper born in Reading, is living over the shop with his wife Mary Ann (26) and one assistant and one apprentice.

1861

Three young drapers’ assistants are living over the shop: John Law (18), Ellen Percy (20), and Sarah Rose (17). They have one female house servant, aged 23.

1881

Edwin J. Harvey (30), described as a tea dealer employing two hands, is living over the shop with his wife Charlotte (29) and daughter Mary (1). They have one general servant.

Occupants of 28 Cornmarket listed in directories etc.

1839

Henry Hatch, Draper & silk merchant

1846

Miss A. Dobney, Linen draper

1852

Sweetman and Co. Draper &c and Straw hat warehouse

1867

William John Biggs, Draper, mercer, & hosier

1872

Lewis Solomon,Jeweller & tobacconist, and fancy bazaar
(also at 29 and 39 Cornmarket)

1880–1914

Harvey Brothers, Tea and coffee dealers

1921

Curry’s Cycle Co Ltd
and Miss Tothill-Fleming, Tea rooms

1928–1932

Penrose & Palmer, Photographers
and
Ye old North Gate Tea Rooms (Misses R. E. & M. J. Carter)

1935–1976

Speedwell Cleaning Co., Dyers & cleaners

By 2008–2010

Mobile Phones Direct

2011

Chequepoint

Old pictures on other websites and in books

For a photograph of Harvey & Co’s shop in 1904 and an advertisement of 1888, see Michael L. Turner and David Vaisey, Oxford Shops and Shopping, p. 31, photographs 65 and 66.

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