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4 Holywell Street


4 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047264

This house dates from the early eighteenth century but has been altered. Owned by Merton College, and now a student hostel joined to No. 5 next door.

4 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

Charles Luker (25), a cook, lived here with Martha (20) and Mary Ann (8 months). They had one female servant.

1851

Charles Luker (36), now described as a college cook (at All Souls College), still lived here with his wife Martha (37) and their children Henry (9), Augustus (7), George (5), Fanny (4), James (2), and Martha (6 months). They had one servant.

1861

James Patey (68), a grocer, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (64) and their grandson Charles (12). They had one servant.

1871

James Patey (78) still described as a grocer, was living her with his wife Elizabeth (75) and their grandson Charles Patey (21), who was now a grocer's assistant. They had one female servant.

1881

Clara Collins (45), a widow described as independent, lived here with one domestic servant.

1891

Miss Emily Farrant (54), a coal merchant, lived here with her widower brother Edward (53), who was a hosier's manager, and one servant.

1901

Edward Farrant (63),described as a shop assistant to a hosier, still lived here with his unmarried sister Emily (64). Although she was described as a coal merchant and an employer, her brother was now listed as the head of the household. They had one general servant.

1911

Emily Farrant (74), a coal merchant, was once againdescribed as the head of the household. She lived here with her widowed brother Edward (73), a retired outfitter, and one servant.

Occupants of 4 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 5 yds 0 ft 9 in
Mrs Bull

1841–1851

Charles Luker
Cook

1852

James Patey
Servant of Merton College, later a grocer

1861–1876

1881

Clara Collins
Independent widow

1884–1926

Edward Farrant with Miss Emily Farrant, coal merchant to 1916

Just Miss Farrant by 1905

1926

No listing

1930

Gavin Rylands, M.A., D.Sc., Fellow & John Wilfred Jenkinson Memorial Lecturer
in Comparative and Experimental Embryology, Merton College

1935–1947

John Z. Young, M.A.

1952–1954

John Michael Wallace-Hadrill
Fellow, Tutor, & Librarian, Merton College

19561967

Revd Charles Stephen Conway Williams, M.A.
Fellow in Divinity and Chaplain of Merton College

Mrs G. Williams (1961–1967)

1968

Change of use of two dwelling houses to students’ accommodation. Alterations and conversion into one property with No. 5 next door (68/19835/A_H)

1970–1976

No listing

Today

Merton College annexe (with No. 5 next door)

Holywell home

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