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21 High Street

 

The group of five shops numbered 19–23 High Street dates from the late eighteenth century, and the upstairs rooms were converted to Brasenose College accommodation around 1930.

No. 21 is a Grade II listed building (List Entry No. 1047273).

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. According to Salter, No. 21 was then in the occupation of a Mr Sheard, and its frontage measured 5 yards 0 feet 7 inches.

In 1851 Hester Sheard, the grocer here, was a widow of 48, living over the shop with her daughter and two sons: Thomas was her assistant, while Arthur was a hosier’s apprentice. They had one servant. She was still living there in 1861.

By the time of the 1871 census Thomas John Walker Sheard had taken over his mother's shop and was living here with his wife and daughter and two servants. By 1881 he was a widower of 52 living here with his three children (all at school), his sister, a servant, and a lodger.

Occupiers of 21 High Street

1839–1893

Thomas Sheard (1839); Hester Sheard; Thomas Sheard (from 1871), Grocer & tea dealer

1894–1952

Shepperd Brothers, Robe makers [plus No. 20]

1954–1972

G. T. Jones & Co. Ltd, Wine & spirit merchants

1973–1976

Gough Brothers (later taken over by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries), Wine shop

By 1980–1981+

Morlands, Sheepskin products

1993–1998

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2000

Oslotuft, Fashion

2001–2007

Essentuals (Toni & Guy), Hairdressing

2007–present

Aspire

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 3 August, 2016

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