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Holywell Street directories, 1839–1842


Although Holywell Street was numbered as it is today by the 1830s, the person who recorded the 1841 census failed to record the house numbers, which makes the directories dating from around that year invaluable.

Below is a list of house numbers and inhabitants gleaned from the following four directories:

  • Robson's Commercial Directory for 1839
  • Post Office Directory of Oxfordshire & Berkshire for 1841
  • Pigot's Directory of Oxfordshire & Berkshire for 1842
  • Hunt & Co's Oxford Directory for 1846

No fewer than 22 of the 100 houses were occupied by a college servant with his family.

Some houses are not yet identified: e.g. the 1837 directory lists John Stricks as a warm bath proprietor in Holywell Street: possibly this was in Bath Place.

NORTH SIDE, running east to west

1

[Probably vacant]

2

Henry Jones Underwood, architect (1839)

John Matthew, builder (1846)

3

Miss Mary Anne Gerard or Gerrard, ladies school (1839, 1841, 1846)

4

Charles Luker, college servant (1841, 1846)

5

Mrs S. Dry, Gentry (1841, 1846)

6

Rev. Charles Pourtales Golightly, Gentry (1841, 1846)

7

M. Phillips, laundress (1839)

Daniel Chapman & Charles Symonds, livery stables (1846)

As 6 & 7 formed one house, this may relate to premises behind the gateway between 7 & &

8

Henry Moore, livery stable keeper (1839)
Probably refers to the same premises as No. 7 above

William Rogers, college servant (1841, 1846)

9

Stephen & James Kensell, bootmakers (1839, 1842, 1846)

10

(Alderman) William Thorp, esq., Gentry (1841, 1842, 1846)

11

John Musgrove, college servant (1841, 1846)

12

E. Hawkins, milliner and Thomas Hawkins, commercial academy (1839)
Thomas Hawkins, academy (1842)

Christopher Ridley, glover (1841, 1846)

13

Thomas Rogers (1846)

13A

Ann Haldon (1846)

14

Charles Davis livery stables (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)

15

[Probably vacant]

16

[Probably vacant]

17

Thomas Howlett, “King's Head” (1839)

James Simms, “King's Head” (1841, 1846)

Aaron Thornton, “King's Head” (1842)

William Talmage, tailor (1842)

18

Mr John Lockey, Gentry (1841, 1846)

19

John Pinfold, butcher (1839, 1842)

John & George Stevens, butchers (1841, 1846)

20

Thomas Wells, college servant (1841, 1846)

21

Mrs Deborah Bennet (1846)

George L. Luker, painter, plumber & glazier (1839 without number, 1841 with number) [21A)

Park Place

T. Henneford Gilder (1846)

22

William Pratley, college servant (1841, 1846)

23

John Prior and John Simms (1839)

Joseph Merritt, tailor (1841, 1846)

John Simms, boot & shoe maker (1842)

24

Thomas Whitlock, grocery dealer (1839, 1841, 1846)

25

Mrs Martha Brazier, Gentry (1841, 1842)

Henry Goring, Gentry (1842)

26

John Freeman Wood, surgeon and insurance agent (1839, 1842)

Jabez Horne, gentlemen's boarding school (1841, 1846)

27

Mrs S. A. Chapman, Gentry (1841, 1842)

28

John Prior, college servant (1841, 1846)

29

Stephen Elvey, Mus.Doc., Gentry/Teacher (1839, 1841, 1842 1846)

30

Charles Symonds, livery stables (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)

31

Moses Brooks, coal merchant & dairyman (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)

32

Miss Elizabeth Morrell, Gentry (1842)

33

Revd John W. Hughes, M.A., Gentry (1841, 1842, 1846)

M. Brooks, coal merchant & dairyman (1839)

34

William Andrew Dicks, auctioneer & appraiser/upholsterer (1842)

Music Room (1846)

35

John Harper, accountant & wine merchant (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)

Joseph Hope, builder (1841, 1842, 1846)

36

Elizabeth Creed, milliner (1846)

37

George Bennett, builder (1839, 1846)

38

William Shepperd, hair dresser & perfumer (1842)

[In Bennett's Yard behind] Joseph Jones, baker (1839)

39

Paul Hicks, grocer & cheesemonger (1839)

John Walker, grocer (1842, 1846)

40

Jane Cox, King's Arms Hotel (1839)

Cox & Stone, King's Arms family hotel & posting house (1841, 1846)

SOUTH SIDE, running west to east

41

Sarah Partridge, shopkeeper (1839)

42

Sarah Nunney, “Dolphin” (1839)

Miss Caroline Allsop, straw hat maker (1841, 1846)

43

Charles Pike, tailor (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)
(number wrongly given as 48 in 1842)

44

James Creed, “Coach & Horses” (1839, 1842, 1846)

45

John Williamson, shopkeeper (1839)

William C. Shepperd, Post Office Receiving House, hair cutter (1846)

46

Joseph Hutt, college servant (1841, 1846)

47

Susannah Allsop, grocery dealer and John Bossom (1846)

48

Mr Henry Purdue, Gentry (1841, 1846)

49

Mrs Elizabeth Allnutt, dressmaker/milliner (1841, 1846)

50

[Probably vacant]

51

George Farrant, college servant (1841, 1846)

52

Richard Wall, plumber, & glazier, and insurance agent (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)
(house number wrongly given as 54 in 1842)

53

Nutt & Chillingworth ladies seminary (1839)

John Gillett, college servant (1846)

54

Richard Sims, college servant (1841, 1846)

55

A. R. Reinable, professor of music (1841, 1846)

Bath Place

George Nunney, bricklayer (1841, 1842, 1846)

Joseph Sandell, boys school (1841, 1846)

56

 

57

William Denyer, William IV/beer retailer (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)

58

 

59

William Brocklesby, wood turner/furniture broker/ironmonger (1841, 1842, 1846)

Francis Brocklesby, retailer of beer (1842)

60

John Jones, college servant (1841, 1846)

61

William Thurland, college servant (1841, 1846)

62

Thomas Davis Jackson, college servant (1841, 1846)

63

Miss Ann Coker, milliner & dressmaker (1841, 1846)

64

George James Hanks, college servant (1841, 1846)

65

John Maxey, cabinet maker (1841, 1846)

and John Slatter, carpenter (1839, 1846)

66

William Broadwater, baker (1839, 1841, 1842, 1846)

67

James Farrant, gardener (1841, 1846)

68

James Franklin, “The Boot” (1839, 1842)

William Taylor, beer retailer (1846)

69

Mrs Amelia Tyson Brazier, Gentry (1841, 1846)

70/71

James Cater, “Golden Ball”, listed as No. 70 (1839)

Thomas Gilder, beer retailer, listed as No. 71 (1841)

William Ball, “Golden Ball” listed as No. 70 (1842)

Isaac Richards, beer retailer, listed as No. 71 (1846)

72

John Slatter, carpenter & shopkeeper/grocery dealer/cheesemonger (1839, 1841, 1846)

73

Thomas Fairfax, college servant (1841, 1846)

74

Miss Mary Green, Gentry (1841, 1846)

75

Edward Knowles, plumber & glazier (1839)

Ann Knowles, plumber, painter (1841, 846)

76

Mr Moses Simmonds, Gentry (1841, 1846)

77

Robert Osborn (1846)

78

[Probably vacant]

79

Knowles & Sons, statuaries (1839 and 1841 without number, 1842 and 1846 with) and

Charles T. Brazier, wine merchant (1841, 1846)

80

Henry Maxey, cabinet maker, upholsterer, & furniture broker (1839, 1842)

John Bailey, college servant (1841, 1846)

81

 

82

Young Guild, college servant (1841) -- probably a misreading of John Gill

John Gill (1846)

83

Robert Fowler, shopkeeper (1839)

Mrs Sarah Knowles (1846)

84

John Ring, college servant (1841, 1846)

85

John Green, college servant (1841, 1846)

86

[Probably vacant]

87

James Chapman, baker (1841, 1846)

88

Thomas Halsey, Livery Stables (1839) ???

Thomas Mundy, college servant (1841, 1846)

89

William Thorp, tailor, and A. Thorp, seminary for young ladies (1839)

Wiliam Thorp, tailor (1841, 1842, 1846)

90

Mary Thompson, retailer of beer (1839)

Robert Fowler, “Horse & Jockey”, also carpenter & joiner (1841, 1842, 1846)

91

John Harris, college servant (1841, 1846)

92

James Hooper, tailor (1839, 1846)

93

Thomas Farrant, college servant (1841, 1846)

94

William Simmons, tailor (1839)

Charlotte Simmonds (1846)

95

 

96

Rev. John Radcliffe (1841, 1846)

97

Mr Thomas Maskew, Gentry (1841, 1846)

98

Jonathan Lowndes (1846)

99

Thomas Walker (1846)

100

Christopher J. Waddell, coach proprietor (1839, 1841, 1846)

 

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