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22 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. 22, this shorter building with a dormer window on the right of the group, is a Grade II listed building (List Entry No. 1369359).

The 1851 census shows Thomas Randall, the hatter & hosier here, living over the shop with his wife and son, and one servant. By 1861 his assistant John Molyneux was living over the shop with his wife and a servant: he was shortly to take over the business.

In 1871 the hosier, hatter, and shirt-maker Thomas Mallam Prior was living upstairs with his wife, two children, and three servants.

In 1881 the Swedish tailor, Isaac Olaf Winstedt, was living over the shop with his wife, two sons, father-in-law, and a servant.

Occupiers of 22 High Street

1839–1864

Thomas Randall, Hatter & hosier

1864–1875

Prior & Co., Hatters & tailors

1876

Molyneux & Allnutt, Hosiers & shirt makers

1880–1887

J. Winstedt, Tailor, robe maker, hatter, hosier, & men’s mercer

1888–1907

J. Bassett, Hairdresser & stationer

(From 1905) Miss Bassett, University lodging house

1908

H. F. William Germer, Hairdresser

Miss Bassett, University lodging house

1909–1915

Colin Lunn, Cigar merchant

Mrs Florence Hill, then Miss Mullett, University lodging house

1921–1925

Rudkin & Wicks, Hairdressers

1926

The Dark Blue Toilet Saloon, Ladies’ & gentlemen’s hairdressers & chiropodists

1928–1929

Mrs Katherine A. Higgs, Hairdresser

1930–1952

Angelo D. Del Nevo, Ladies’ hairdresser

1954–1960

Oxford Stationery Co. Ltd. (1954–1956)
R. C. Phillips, Stationer (1958–1960)

1962–1995

Leicester Permanent Building Society (Leicester Building Society from 1984)
Alliance & Leicester from 1985

1998

Vacant

1999–2003

Melson Wingate, Optician

2003–2015

Scrivens Opticians (incorporating Melson Wingate)

2016–

Shoe Embassy

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 7 October, 2016

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