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3 Holywell Street


3 Holywell Street

3 Holywell

 

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1369392

This house dates from the early seventeenth century and was restored in 1972. Owned by Merton College.

This was a small boarding school for girls in the 1830s and 1840s.

 

 

From 1947 to 1960 it served as the vicarage of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

 

 

 

Right: No. 3 Holywell at the beginning of the twentieth century

 

3 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

The 1841 census for Holywell does not give house numbers, but it is possible to deduce where people listed that year lived by examining directory entries between 1839 and 1842 and later censuses

Mary Gerard (45), a schoolmistress, lived here with Fanny Webb (35) and Emma Bris (15), who were teachers. Ten girl pupils aged between 11 and 15 and three female servants also lived in the house.

1851

Esther Chambers (41), an unmarried fundholder, lived here with her nurse Mrs Mary Hounslow (54) and Mary’s husband Benjamin Hounslow (55), who was a plasterer.

1861

Elizabeth Smith (77), described both as housekeeper and head of the household, lived here with her unmarried friend Esther Chambers (51), who is described as a gentlewoman, and one servant.

1871

Miss Esther Chambers (61), who had an income from dividends, lived here on her own with a housekeeper.

1881

Annette Perpert (38), an unmarried governess, was the head of the household here. She had one servant, a housemaid who was born in Hamburg.

1891

The householder (probably John Marriott) was away from home, and only the servants (a cook, kitchenmaid, and butler) were home on census night.

1901

John Marriott (41), a married college lecturer, was alone here on census night with his servants (a cook and a housemaid).

1911

Ernest Mallam (41), a physician, lived here with his wife Maud (39) and his daughter Joan (5). They had three servants.

Occupants of 3 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 21 yds 1 ft 9 in
Mrs Isham

1835–1846

Mary Ann Gerard
Ladies’ School

1851–1876

Miss Esther S. Chambers
(listed as private resident in 1852)

1884–1889

Revd Hereford B. George, M.A.
(Had moved to the New College tutor's house opposite by 1891)

1894–1901

John Arthur Ransome Marriott, M.A.,
Lecturer at New College and Worcester College

1905–1945

Ernest Mallam, Physician
(+ Patrick Mallam, Physician, in 1936)

1947

Revd Theodore Richard Milford, M.A.
Vicar of St Mary the Virgin

1956–1960

Revd Roy Stuart Lee, M.A., B.Litt., D.Phil.
Vicar of St Mary the Virgin

with Assistant curates:
Revd John B. Saunders
(1952)
Revd Michael Goulder
(1954)
Revd Cecil A. Warren
(1956)
Revd R. A. Norris (1958)

1962–-1970

Mrs S. J. James

1972–1973

Geoffrey T. Bath

1976

No listing

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