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127: Yorkshire Building Society


125 and 127

No. 127 is on the left hand-side of this building, which was constructed in 1898. Wheatsheaf Passage runs down the middle of the building.

The Wheatsheaf is reached by the passage down the centre of the building, and the shop on the right is today numbered 129.

Jackson’s Oxford Journal for 16 October 1897 (p. 6d) records that Kingerlee were to build new business premises and warehouses on this site, with a new passage to the Wheatsheaf in the middle.

In 1837 Henry Cooke the printer started to publish the Oxford City & County Chronicle (as the Oxford Chronicle and Berks & Bucks Gazette was first known) at the former shop here (see No. 119).

The number 128 was sometimes given to this shop, sometimes to the Wheatsheaf, and sometimes to 129 next door. It is not used today, with the result that No. 127 is followed by No. 129.

The earlier pair of shops on this site were demolished (along with the original Wheatsheaf Passage) in 1897. They can be seen in the centre of the drawing below, which was engraved by Orlando Jewitt 1834.

Old houses at 126-130 High Street

English Heritage: 126–130 High Street in 1892

Occupiers of 127 High Street
Darker background = former building on this site, now demolished

By 1830– 1834+

Austin Fussell, Ironmonger

1846

Oxford Chronicle Office

1861–1875

Margetts & Eyles, Carvers & Decorators
(Oxford Chronicle office behind)

1876

Vacant

1880

W. Gerring, Secondhand and new bookseller

1882–1887

Vacant

1889–1894

William Henry Gee, New and secondhand bookseller

1895–7

Vacant (with Joseph Vincent printer behind)

1899–1925

Purnell, Phipps & Purnell, Tailors, robe makers, hosiers, hatters, shirt makers, outfitters

1925–1952

Gill & Co., Ironmongers, heating engineers, & plumbers

1954–1975

J. Sears & Co. Ltd., Bootmakers (1954–1956)

True-Form (1958–1968)

Lilley & Skinner (1970–1975)

1976–1980+

British School of Motoring

By 1993–1995+

National & Provincial Building Society

1999–2014

Starbucks Coffee

2015–2016

Chelsea Building Society

2016–present

Yorkshire Building Society

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 7 November, 2016

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