28 Cornmarket Street: Vacant

28 Cornmarket

This building, which originally comprised three separate shops, probably dates from the fifteenth century and was altered in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. It belongs to Jesus College, and has always been in the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church.

No. 28 is on the left on the corner of Ship Street, and is separately Grade II listed (list entry 1369341) to the pair of shops to the right of the building.

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.

26 to 28 Cornmarket in the 1920s

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 his former shop at 71 High Street.

  • 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.



Jesus College extensively restored this block in 1986–7 (planning application 85/00270/NFH).



Right: Nos. 26, 27, and 28 Cornmarket Street in the 1920s: a comparison with the modern photograph at the top of this page shows the extent of the restoration

Occupants of 28 Cornmarket Street listed in directories etc.


Henry Hatch, Draper & silk merchant


Miss A. Dobney, Linen draper


Sweetman and Co. Draper &c and Straw hat warehouse


William John Biggs, Draper, mercer, & hosier


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


Harvey Brothers & Co, Tea and coffee dealers


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


Penrose & Palmer, Photographers
Ye old North Gate Tea Rooms (Miss Toothill Fleming in 1925, then Misses R. E. & M. J. Carter)


Speedwell Cleaning Co., Dyers & cleaners

Late 1980s

Geoffrey Rhodes Opticians (photograph)

By 2008–2010

Mobile Phones Direct





28 Cornmarket Street in the censuses


Henry Hatch (22), a draper, lived here over his shop with Sarah Hatch (2) and Henry Hatch (1). A miller and one female servant also lived with them.


Nicholas Sweetman (37), a linen draper, lived here over his shop with his wife Mary Ann (26) and one assistant and one apprentice.


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


William Biggs (74), a widowed draper, lived here over his shop with his son Frank (37), both of whom were shoe makers, and his daughter-in-law Annie Biggs (27).


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


Uninhabited: probably part of the shop below.


Uninhabited but in occupation: probably part of the shop below.


No listing.

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