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136 High Street

No. 136 was built in the twentieth century in the neo-Georgian style. It was in the parish of All Saints until that church was deconsecrated in 1971.

Former house on this site

At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford, the former house on this site was occupied by “Mr Paniotey”, who was the university fencing master Panayoty Ballachey, who was born in Greece and died at the age of 84 on 10 March 1793.

Several households lived on this site at the time of the 1851 census, and it is hard to distinguish exactly how the premises were laid out.

In 1851 part of the former house on this site was occuped by the mercer's assistant Adin Williams junior, who was described as the head of the household despite being only 16; his father Adin Williams senior, who had the tailor's shop downstairs, now lived in Summertown. A 25-year-old assistant and a servant lived with him. The second part of this house was occupied by Miss Frances Green (57), and the third by Miss Catherine Parker (62) and her servant.

In 1861 Adin Williams junior (26) and his two nieces were at home with the servants on census night.

By 1871 the upstairs of the former building was a lodging house kept by Sarah Simmons.

At the time of the 1911 census Hugh James Allen (69), a widower who worked as a tailor, hosier, & hatter, lived in the twelve rooms over this shop with his daughter Katherine, who kept house for him, and a servant.

Occupiers of 136 High Street
Darker background = former building now demolished

Date

136 High Street  

136 High Street (presumably upstairs)

1839–1876

Adin Williams
Tailor &c.

T. B. Montrie
Professor of dancing (1846)
George St Swithin Williams, Solicitor,
and F. Codd, Architect (1866)
Oxon & Berks Bank (1872)

1880–1910

Hugh James Allen
Tailor & robe maker

St Swithin Williams
Solicitor (1880)
W. Geekie, I (1882–1889)
A. Ballard, Solicitor (1894–1899)

1911–1915

Bertram Boasten
Bootmaker

H. J. Bennett
Artificial teeth manufacturer

1915–1932

A. Baker & Co. Ltd
Tobacconists

Oxford Dental Co. (1915–1922)
Ermest Lynn, Dentist (1923–1931)

1935–1954

Jackson’s Stores Ltd, House furnishers

1962–1967+

Smart Bros Ltd
House furnishers

1970–1972

J. Woodhouse Ltd, House furnishers

1976–1980+

Just Pants Plus

1985

Town & Country Building Society

By 1992–2003

Endsleigh Insurance

2003–present

Karen Millen

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 13 April, 2018

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