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5 Holywell Street


5 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1186761. This probably has an eighteenth-century fronting on an earlier timber-framed house. Owned by Merton College, and now a student hostel joined to No. 4 next door.

A burglary at this house is reported in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 13 August 1870:

BURGLARY IN HOLYWELL — On Tuesday night, shortly after 9 o’clock, some expert thief broke into the house of Mr. Lovegrove, No. 5 Holywell-street, and bursting open a chamber door was quickly packing together a bundle of clothing when he was discovered by the servant girl. The intruder at once decamped, having in the meantime secured a sum of money besides the clothing mentioned. No clue has been obtained as to his identity.

5 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

Sarah Dry (70) lived here with Mary Ward (50): both are described as independent.

1851

Sarah Dry (84), an unmarried fundholder, still lived here, with one servant. Mary Ward (72) was still in the house, but was now described as a visitor.

1861

William Cooke (49), a cabinet maker employing three men) lived here with his sister Catherine (45) who is described as a gentlewoman, his brother Nathaniel (37) who was an upholsterer. All three were unmarried, and they had one servant.

1881

William Williamson (48), a college bedmaker, lived here with his wife Annie (48), and his sister-in-law-Sarah Holder (54), who was a cook.

1901

William Williamson (68), a retired college servant, lived here with his wife Anne (68), who was a lodging house keeper. They had one 16-year-old servant girl.

1911

Miss Dorothea C. Maude (32), a physician and surgeon, lived here with her unmarried sister Muriel (29) and one servant.

 

Occupants of 5 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 5 yds 0 ft 10 in
Mrs Best

1842–1852

Mrs Sarah Dry
Private resident

1861–1866

William Cooke
Cabinet maker

1871–1876

John Lovegrove

1881–1901

William Williamson
College bedmaker

1905

Miss Laura Elizabeth Forster, M.D. Berne, L.R.C.P. & S. Edkin
Physician

1911–1916

Miss Dorothea C. Maude, M.A., Dub.
Physician & Surgeon

1921–1926

Miss Isabella M. Little
Physician & Surgeon

1935–1936

Nigel James Abercrombie
Tutor of Balliol College and Lecturer of Magdalen College

1945–1947

John Forster Alcock

1952–1954

Revd Charles Stephen Conway Williams
Tutor and Divinity Chaplain of Merton College

1956–1967

Brian G. Campbell

1968

Planning application 68/19835/A_H
Change of use of two dwelling houses to students’ accommodation. Alterations and conversion into one property

1970–1976

No listing

At 5 Holywell today

Merton College annexe (with No. 4 next door)

Holywell home

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