Oxford History: George Street

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Shops in George Street, Oxford in 1895/6


The renumbering of George Street took place in 1895/6, when the Fire Station and Corn Exchange opened, and the numbers have remained the same since that date.

  • Kelly’s Directory 1895/6 shows George Street with its old-style numbering:
    1–2–3–4–5 along the south side from east to west
    then back along the north side from west to east, ending with No. 75 at Magdalen Street
  • Kelly’s Directory 1896/7 shows George Street with its present new-style numbering:
    1–3–5–7–9 along the south side from east to west
    2–4–6–8–10 along the north side from east to west

In 1895/6, George Street had six pubs (Hope & Anchor, The Grapes, Druid’s Head, Royal Champion, Plume of Feathers, and The Packet) as well as three beer retailers. It also had two churches (St George the Martyr and a Congregationalist Church)

South side: East to West

Old No.
in 1895

New No.
in 1896

Occupiers

1895 & 1896

2008

Cornmarket Street

1

1

1895 & 1896: Philip Hewlett, painter &c and Mrs E. M. Hewlett, pastry cook

Alliance & Leicester Bank

Upstairs:
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
+ Dentists and Chiropodist

2

3

1895 & 1896:
Hope & Anchor Public House

3

5

1895 & 1896:
George William Cooper, baker

Ask Café

4

7

1895 & 1896:
Grapes Public House

Grapes Public House

5

9

1895 & 1896:
William Rogers, tailor

Copa Restaurant

6

11

1895: Henry Nickols, saddler,
& Miss Eliza Nickols, dress maker

1896: Oliver Harvey, corn dealer
& Miss Eliza Nickols, dress maker

7

13

1895 & 1896:
Baxter & Co, boot makers

[8]

15

1895 & 1896:
Miss K. A. Pratt, florist

Cheltenham & Gloucester Bank

[9]

17

1895 & 1896:
Miss S. Whitcomb, milliner

10

19

1895: Baker Hill & Co., cabinet factory

1896: William Baker & Co, cabinet factory

Wine Rack

11

21

1895 & 1896:
Charity Organization Society; and Oxford Industrial & Provident Land & Building Society

Toni & Guy, hairdressers

12

23

1895 & 1896:
Thomas Apletree Huggins, coach maker

Peninsula Restaurant (mostly in basement)

13
14

25

1895 & 1896: Hills & Rowney (also at No. 29): wholesale picture frame makers

Chelsea Building Society

15

27

1895 & 1896: George Blagrove, hairdresser

16

29

1895 & 1896: Hills & Rowney (also at No. 25): wholesale picture frame makers

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

17

31

1895 & 1896:
Charles Curtis, grocer, & post office

18

33

1895 & 1896:
Arthur Joyner, watch maker

Caspian News

19

35

1895 & 1896:
Druid’s Head public house

Vacant (latterly Garden Images)

20

37

1895 & 1896:
Robert Twining, grocer

O’Neill’s Wine Bar (wrongly inscribed 33)

New Inn Hall Street

21

39

1895 & 1896:
Royal Champion public house

Incorporated into Java & Co (formerly Coffee Republic), New Inn Hall Street

[22]
[23]

1895 & 1896:
City of Oxford High School for Boys

Faculty of History, University of Oxford

[24]

41

1895 & 1896: Miss Gardiner

Brasserie Gérard

[25]

43

1895 & 1896: William Wood, carpenter

[26]

 

45

1895 & 1896:
Miss Faulkner

27

47

1895 & 1896:
Alfred Batts, boot maker

49

1895: No listing
1896: Henry Charles Hounslow

The Four Candles

28

51

1895 & 1896: Charles Lardner, grocer

29

53

1896: Thomas Eacott, city crier
1897: Henry Bryant, hair dresser

Queen’s Court

30

55

1895 & 1896:
Richard Melnai, beer retailer
[= Punch Bowl]

31

57

1895 & 1896:
John Thomas Timms,
magic lantern depôt

George Street Place (named as Broken Hayes in 1860s–1890s)

32

59

1895 & 1896: W. F. Lucas & Co., underclothing manufacturers

Zizzi Ristorante

34

61

1895 & 1896:
James Corbett, toy dealer

Pizza Hut

35

63

1895: Miss C. E. Pollard, confectioner
1896: Mrs E. H. Harris, confectioner

Jessop’s Photography

36
37

65

1895 & 1896:
Oxford Co-operative & Industrial Society Limited

38

67

1895 & 1896:
John Gibbons

Opium Den Café

39

 69

1895: John Rouse, beer retailer
1896: Walter Edward Garner, beer retailer
[= Oddfellows Arms]

40

71

1895 & 1896: George Tibble, shopkeeper

Giraffe restaurant

41

73

1895 & 1896:
Plume of Feathers public house

Yo Sushi restaurant

42

75

1895 & 1896:
Major Solloway

Stairway to Hayes House
(University of Oxford offices)

43

77

1895 & 1896: Packet Public House

Nando’s

44

1895: Edward C. W. Bint, refreshment rooms
1896: Presumably part of The Packet

Worcester Street
 

North side: East to West

Cornmarket Street

2

1895: No listing
1896: Freeman, Hardy & Willis Limited, boot manufacturers

Part of Debenham’s

4

1895: No listing
1896: Richard Henry John Bartlett, registrar of marriages for the district of Oxford

Mr Shoes

75

6

1895 & 1896:
John William Hunt, leather merchant

Vacant (latterly Going Places Travel Agent)

74

8

1895 & 1896:
William Chennell, cycle agent

Vacant (latterly ePlay)

[73]

10

1895 & 1896:
Young Men’s Christian Association

Vacant (latterly Internet Exchange)

[72]

12

1895 & 1896:
Taphouse & Co., dealers in works of art

[71]

14
16

1895 & 1896: Oxford Central Conservative & Unionist Club

Bella Italia restaurant

Victoria Court or Place

[70]

1895 & 1896:
New Theatre

New Theatre

69

18

1895: George Smith
1896: Percy French

68

20

1895 & 1896:
Mrs Louisa Cook, laundress

67

22

1895 & 1896:
Hugh Howes, dairyman

La Croissanterie

66

24
26

1895 & 1896:
Bridge & Co, printers

Jamie’s Italian restaurant

Gloucester Street (aka Red Lion Square)

1895 & 1896:
Congregational Church

Threeways House:

Old Orleans restaurant and bar

STA Travel

Upstairs: Abacus College

65A
65

28
30
32

1895 & 1896:
John Lisemore glass, china, & hardware merchant

64

34

1895 & 1896: Miss E. G. Fruin, needlework depôt

62

36–38

1895 & 1896:
Girls Friendly Society

St George’s Place (formerly Bown’s Yard)

St George the Martyr Church

Odeon Cinema

61
60
59
58
57
56
55
54

40

1895: No listing [Fire Station and Corn Exchange being built]

1896: Oxford Volunteer Fire Brigade
          and Corn Exchange

Old Fire Station Arts Centre
including Old Fire Station Café Bar

42

1895: Being built

1896: Corn Exchange Buildings:
Kirk, Latimer & Co., scale makers;
Robert H. Girdlestone, grocer;
John Thomas Timms, magic lantern depot; Edward C. Bint, dining rooms

Café 42

44

Conway Optician

46

53

48

1895 & 1896:
Patrick Halloran, clothier

Eurobar café and hotel

Cheyne or Chain Alley

52

50

1895 & 1896:
James Hemmings, beer retailer

In 1931 a widened Chain Alley
plus a single building numbered 50
(now Job Centre Plus) replaced
these eight small shops

51

52

1895 & 1896:
William Mathews/ Matthews, wood turner, & Samuel Brooks/Brooks

50

54

1895: No listing
1896: Alfred Thomas, book binder

49

56

1895: J. E. Howkins, coal merchant
1896: Mrs Howkins

48

58

1895 & 1896:
John Berry, tailor

47

60

1895 & 1896:
William Hosier, picture frame maker

46

62

1895: Alfred Thomas, book binder
1896: John Oliver, book binder

45

64

1895 & 1896:
William Forty, saddler

Worcester Street

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 16 January, 2016

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