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71-72 High Street

No. 72 is the right half of the large green building shown in this picture. It was built in the late eighteenth century and is jointly Grade II listed with No. 71 next door (List Entry No. 1047290).

This was a grocer’s shop from at least 1836 to 1870.

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..

The 1881 census shows Henry Carr (a college servant) and his wife living over the shop, with a servant of their own.

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

72 High Street in 1920s

This building was a sweet shop for a hundred years (from about 1870 until 1971).

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 72 High Street

1830–1861

George Henry Warburton, Grocer &c.

1866–1867

W. C. Williams, Grocer & wine merchant

1875–1876

W. F. Cross, Wholesale confectioner

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

1893–1915

Mrs Jane Brooks, Confectioner

Upstairs: university lodgings

1915–1917

Mrs Mabel Partridge, Confectioner

1918–1922

Mrs Sarah Walker, Confectioner (1918–1920)
Harold W. Barnett, Confectioner (1921)
Reginald L. Millard, Confectioner (1922)

1923–1949

G. R. Cowley, Confectioner & tobacconist

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

1954–1958

Mrs M. G. Warner, Confectioner & tobacconist (1952–1956)

E. C. Launchbury, Confectioner & tobacconist (1958)

1962–1971

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

1972–1976

Vacant

1985

Oxford Blues, Menswear

1998

Oxford Heritage Ltd., Games & puzzles

2000–2012

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

2013

Vacant

2014

Oxford Spires Barbers

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 3 August, 2016

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