Oxford History: The High


9: Whistles

9 High Street

No. 9 was rebuilt in the Georgian style in 1934 by G. T. Gardner.

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. According to Salter, No. 9 was then in the occupation of a Mr Millachip, and its frontage measured 7 yards 0 feet 4 inches.

At the time of the 1851 census, No. 9 was a draper’s shop. Edward Beaumont, the proprietor (described as the employer of 32 men) lived over the shop with his wife and baby son Edward Beaumont junior, and with them lodged no fewer than six draper’s assistants, four draper’s apprentices, two draper’s milliners, a housekeeper, and two general servants.

In 1861 the upstairs was let out to Robert Goodwin, a mercer and draper who presumably worked for Beaumont: he lived here with his wife, four apprentices, nine assistants, and a female apprentice dressmaker.

In 1871 it was occupied by a shop walker, ten assistants, and two apprentices

By the time of the 1881 census Edward Beaumont junior had taken over his father's business, and over the shop lodged 18 of his employees: two male draper’s clerks, twelve male draper’s assistants, two female draper’s assistants, a housekeeper, and a general servant.

Edward Beaumont junior joined No. 10 on to this shop in 1882, and in 1884 he moved out of this shop and opened a large new shop at Nos. 10–12 to the east, which he renamed the City Drapery Stores.

Occupiers of 9 High Street  
Grey shading indicates an earlier building on the site


Forster & Bartlett, Linen drapers


Richard Chilton, Linen draper


Chilton & Beaumont, Linen drapers


Beaumont & Goodwin


E. Beaumont & Son, Linen drapers & silk merchants [also at No. 10 from 1882]




Standen & Co., Tailors & robe makers


A. R. Mowbray & Co., Church publishers


Part of Webbers (see Nos. 10–12)


Costa International Menswear (also at Nos. 10–13)


Jean Machine Co.

By 1995–present

Whistles, Ladies’ fashion

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 6 May, 2014

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