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132: Hotel Chocolat


132 Hotel Chocolat

No. 132 dates from the fifteenth century, but has been much altered. On the east side of the house in the passage-way is some original fifteenth-century studding with the remains of two original timber doorways, one with roses on the lintel. It is Grade II listed together with the Chequers Inn behind (List Entry No. 1186736).

 

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. No. 132 was then in the occupation of a Mr Goddard, and its frontage measured 8 yards 0 feet 7 inches. This would be Howell Goddard, who announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 20 June 1776 that he had given up the Chequers pub behind but would continue his business here as a hatter, hosier, and haberdasher.

The 1851 census shows Henry Hatch, the boot and shoe maker here, living over the shop with his wife and four children, plus two of his shop assistants and a general servant. He is described as the employer of five people.

In the 1861, 1871, and 1881 censuses the bootmaker Howell Goddard Tagart, a widower, was living over this shop. In 1881 he was living here with a new wife, four children, his older sister, his younger brother (who was a banker’s clerk), plus a nursemaid and a general servant aged 13.

John Coombs, a cook with ten children, went bankrupt at this shop (see Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 10 March 1894).

May's Drug Stores

 

 

 

From 1895 to 1908 this shop was May's Drug Stores
(see enamel plaque, right).

 

From 1909 to 1915 it was the Oxford Drug Company Ltd

Advertisement for Belfast Linen

This shop was the Belfast Linen Warehouse from 1921 to 1967.

The advertisement on the left dates from the 1950s.

Occupiers of 132 High Street

1839

H.G. Tagart, Boot & shoe maker

By 1846–1851 

Henry Hatch, Boot & shoe maker

Before 1866–1887

Howell Goddard Tagart (later Tagart & Son), Boot & shoe makers

1889–1894

John Coombs, Cook shop & dining rooms

1895–1908

May’s Drug Stores Ltd

1909–1915

Oxford Drug Co Ltd

1921–1967

Belfast Linen Warehouse

1970–2006

Bristol & West Building Society (later PLC)

2006–2008

Britannia Building Society

2009–present

Hotel Chocolat

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 7 November, 2016

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