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71 High Street

These are the last two in the terrace of eleven houses and shops belonging to Magdalen College that is attached to the back of Magdalen Gate house. This terrace was rebuilt subsequent to the widening of Magdalen Bridge that took place in 1772–8.

Nos. 71 (left) and 72 (right) are the two halves of a single building which is Grade II listed (List Entry No. 1047290). It was in St Peter-in-the East parish until that parish was united with St Cross parish in 1957.

No. 71

On 20 January 1844 the draper H. Hatch announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal that he was moving from these premises to 28 Cornmarket Street.

At the time of the 1851 census Richard Jones, the chemist here, lived over his shop with his wife and four children, plus an assistant, an apprentice, a servant, and a lodger. By 1861 he had died and his son Richard Jones junior (26) had taken over the shop and was the head of the household upstairs: his mother, two sisters, an apprentice, and a servant lived with him. He was still here in 1871, with his wife, an apprentice, and two servants.

In 1881 the chemist Henry Varney lived over his shop with his 11-year-old niece and two servants. He was still here in 1891.

There is no separate listing for this shop in the 1911 census.

72 High Street in the 1920s

 

No. 72

This was a grocer’s shop from at least 1836 to 1870, and a sweet shop for a hundred years (from about 1870 until 1971).

The grocer George Henry Warburton appears to have taken the shop over in 1836. At the time of the 1851 census, when he was aged 55, he was serving as Mayor of Oxford, and lived here over his shop with his wife, an assistant grocer, two servants, and a lodger. He was still here in 1861.

In 1871 the college servant Henry Carr lived upstairs here; he was still here with his wife and their servant in 1881.

In 1891 the widow Agnes Lambourn lived upstairs, where she kept a lodging house.

In 1901 Francis Brooks and his wife Jane lived over their confectioner’s shop here.

In 1911 Mrs Jane Brooks (74), now a widow, ran a licensed lodging house in the eight rooms over this shop. Her brother Edward Reynolds Collins (65) was now living with her, and worked as an assistant in the confectionery shop downstairs.

 

The photograph on the right, taken from a Henry Taunt postcard, shows the shop in the 1920s, with advertisement for Fry’s and Cadbury’s chocolate.

Occupiers of 71 & 72 High Street

Date

No. 71

No. 72

1830s &
early 1840s

H. Hatch
Draper (to January 1844)

George Henry Warburton
Grocer &c. (by 1830)

1849

William Plowman
Ironmonger, Smith, Brazier, Oil Merchant

By 1851–1853+

Richard T. Jones
Chemist & druggist

1861

Jones & Turner
Chemists & druggists

1867

Miss James
Confectioner

W. C. Williams
Grocer & wine merchant

1869

R. F. Jones
Chemist

?

1875–1876

William Frederick Cross
Wholesale confectioner

Upstairs: Henry Carr, college servant (1875–1885);
George Medcraft (1887–1892)

1880–1892

Henry George Varney
Chemist & druggist

1893–1902

Mrs Jane Brooks,
Confectioner

Upstairs: university lodgings

1902–1910

John William Todd
Pharmaceutical chemist

Upstairs: Arthur E. Chaundy
Dentist
(1902–9)

1911–1914

Stanley Clegg
Dispensing chemist & optician

1915–1917

Mrs Mabel Partridge
Confectioner

1918–1919

No listing

Mrs Sarah Walker
Confectioner

1921

Madame Josephine
Costumier

Harold W. Barnett
Confectioner

1922

Reginald L. Millard,
Confectioner

1923–1932

G. R. Cowley
Confectioner & tobacconist

Upstairs: Oxford Old Etonians Club (to 1931), then lodgings

1934–1935

Edward Tyler-Jew
Antique dealer

1947–1949

East Gate Gallery
Antique dealers

1952–1956

Mrs M. G. Warner
Confectioner & tobacconist

1958

E. C. Launchbury
Confectioner & tobacconist

1960

No listing

1962–1971

Mrs E. Payne
Confectioner, tobacconist, stationer,& general stores

1972–1976

No listing

1980

?

1985

?

Oxford Blues
Menswear

1993

Oxford Holographics

?

1998

Oxford Heritage Ltd
Games & puzzles

2000–2012

Hoyle’s Games & Puzzles [which then moved next door]
(Magdalen College undergraduate rooms upstairs)

2012

Hoyle's Games & Puzzles
[moved from next door at No. 72]

Vacant

2013

2014–present

Oxford Spires Barbers

 

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 15 April, 2018

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