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30 Cornmarket


30 Cornmarket

No. 30 is built of ashlar stone in neo-classical style with a Dutch gable, and was refronted in 1904 to the design of Herbert Quinton. It is known as Elliott House after Edwin Litchfield Elliott (a shoe manufacturer and leather merchant) and his family who lived here in the second half of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth. (In 1851, Elliott’s shop had been at 35 Cornmarket.)

Until 1912, when the shop next door was rebuilt, Treadwell Passage ran down the north side of this building.

No. 30 was bought by St Michael & All Saints Charities in 1985.

In the censuses

1841

William Stevens (55), a fruiterer, lives over the shop with Mary (65), and with another couple called Charles & Mary Lister and their three children. They have one male and one female servant.

1851

William Bowness (24), a fruiterer, and his wife Ann (22) live over the shop, together with one house servant and one shopman.

1861

The shop is occupied by Edwin Litchfield Elliott (36), born in Northampton and described as a boot maker employing 15 men, ten women, and two boys. He is living over the shop with his Oxford-born wife Matilda (39) and his sons John (8), Joseph (6), William (4), Christopher (2), and an unnamed baby of one month. They have a house servant and nursemaid, and also living with them were a monthly nurse for the new baby and a shopwoman.

1881

The building is listed as uninhabited, indicating that the whole of the premises was now used as a shop and manufactory.

Occupants of 30 Cornmarket listed in directories etc.

Date

30

30½ / Upstairs

1839–1846

William Stevens
Confectioner (& Orange merchant in 1839)

No listing

1852

William Bowness
Fruiterer

1861, 1867

E. L. Elliott
Boot and shoe manufacturer
(1861–1880)

 

 

Christopher Frank Elliott
Boot maker
(1890–1921)

1872–1880

Mrs Chadwell, Cutler

Chadwell & Long
Manufacturing cutlers and surgical instrument makers

1890–1911

Reuben Wenborn, Cutler

+ Millar & Nasmyth, Architects, in 1899
+ William H. Baker, Solicitor, in 1901 and 1902
+ Harry Goldcrown, Manufacturing furrier, in 1911

1914

Arthur Jessel, Solicitor
Miss Beesley, Servants’ registry
Oxford Liberal Association

1921

Henry Ernest Tipping, Estate Agent
Royal Insurance Co. Ltd

1928–1960

Johnson Bros (Dyers) Ltd.
Dyers & cleaners

Oxford Optical Co.

Henry Ernest Tipping, Estate Agent (1935, 1936)

Gilman & Soame Ltd (incorporating Hills & Saunders), Photographers (1947–1960)

1962–1967

Bollom Ltd,
Dyers & cleaners

Oxford Optical Co. Ltd
Equity Life Assurance Society Ltd

1968–1970

Bateman & Partners Ltd, Ophthalmic Opticians
Equity & Law Life Assurance Society Ltd

1972–1976

Bateman & Partners Ltd, Ophthalmic Opticians

1980–2006

Bateman’s Opticians

2007–2008

Lune Bleu

2009–2010

Octopus

2011–present

Pylones

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