Oxford History: The High


116–117: Oxford University Press Bookshop

The pair of houses that form the shop at Nos. 116–117 date from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. They are a Grade II listed building (List Entry No. 1047256).

In 1696 Alderman Hawkins paid tax on ten windows at 116 High Street.

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. No. 116 was then in the occupation of a Mrs Young and had a frontage of 6 yards 1 foot 10 inches; and No. 117 was occupied by a Mr Turner and had a frontage of 4 yards 0 feet 6 inches.

At the time of the 1851 census, Henry Stuart, the tailor at No. 116, lived over the shop with his wife and daughter and two servants. (One of the servants, an 18-year-old errand boy called Eli Buckingham, can be found as an umbrella manufacturer at 114 High Street from 1882.) In 1861, the tailor George Seager lived here with his family; his niece Harriet Seager was looking after the house in 1871. By 1881 the upstairs premises were let out to George Wastie Leach, a cook, who lived here with his wife and sister and three servants (a waiter, kitchenmaid, and scullerymaid)

Henry Horneman, a cigar dealer, lived upstairs at No. 117. Soon after the census, the cigar business relocated to 3 Turl Street, and Henry Le Grand, a restaurateur, moved here from St Aldate’s Street. The upstairs premises were unoccupied in 1861, but in 1871 they were let out to Harry Lucas, an attorney's clerk, who lived here with his wife and five children and two servants. In 1881 they were occupied by Harry Richard Lucas, a clerk in the Oxford Diocesan Registry, and his wife and four children, plus a domestic servant.

Occupiers of 116 & 117 High Street


116 High Street

117 High Street


John Goolding, then Mary Goolding

A. Quartermain
Breeches maker


Henry Stuart
Tailor & robe maker

Melchior Lopez
Cigar dealer


Henry Le Grand


Houghton & Tuke
Music sellers

Electronic and International
Telegraph Offices[to 1869]


Thomas Bickerton

George Gare
Boot & shoemaker
[from 1871]


Clarendon Press Depository
(Oxford University Press Showroom from 1925)

H. Richardson Lucas
Tobacconist (1875–1885)

Thomas Leach
Tobacconist (1887)

Misses E. & M. Liddell
Berlin wool depot & shirt manufacturer

Norman Edward Minty
Japanese Art Depot (1900 only)

Richard Dossett
Stationer (1901–1904)

Frank Smith, Stationer (1905–1911)

Frederick George Mullins
Hosier (1912–1925+)
(and at No. 118 & 119)

(Chantry Café upstairs


Oxford University Press Showroom

Carr, Son & Woor Ltd
Tailors, outfitters & hosiers with café upstairs (1934–1940)

John Bell & Croyden
Surgical appliance makers (1941–1967)


Oxford University Press Showroom
Oxford University Gazette

A-Plan Protection Ltd
Insurance brokers
(jointly with No. 118)

117A: Manpower Employment Agency


Oxford University Press Bookshop

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 3 August, 2016

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