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137 High Street

No. 137 is a timber-framed building and may look medieval, but it was rebuilt in this style in 1884.

This building became a public house, known as the Fox Inn, in 1764. The Survey of Oxford shows that in 1772 the occupant of the former building, which had a frontage of 4 yds 2 ft 11 in, was Mrs Freeman.

At the time of the 1851 census, John Jelfs, the landlord, was living here at the Fox Inn with his wife and a servant; by 1861 he had died, and his widow Elizabeth Jelfs war the publican; she was still here in 1871.

In 1881 the last landlord, Henry Thomas Ham (who was a compositor as well as a publican). lived over the pub with his wife and two children. The Fox Inn closed in 1882.

The Oxford Chronicle of 11 October 1884 (p. 7e) reported that a new oak front, designed by H. J. Tollit and with the work carried out by J. Ward, had been fitted, and that the building had become the central brewery office of Messrs Hall & Co.

Bell shipping

Occupiers of 137 High Street

By 1839–1882

Fox Inn
John Jelfs (1839–1853), Mrs Jelfs (1861–1876), Noel Baddeley (1880), H. T. Ham (1881–1882)

1884–1906

Swan Brewery Office (A. W. Hall & Co.), Brewers & wine merchants

1907–1908

The Candy Store Co., Confectioners

1909–1934

Bell & Park (later W. W. Bell & Co. Ltd and then Bell’s Travel Service)
Shipping agents, money exchange & insurance brokers

1935

Oxford Official Information Bureau

1936–1993+

H. L. Savory & Co. Ltd., Tobacconists

By 1996–present

Fellows (Oxford) Ltd, Gift shop

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 8 May, 2014

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