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9 Holywell Street


9 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1335832. The house dates from the end of the eighteenth or beginning of the nineteenth century. Owned by Merton College.

The executors of the late James Kensell advertised an auction of all his property in Jackson’s Oxford Journal for 30 October 1852. This included:

A convenient DWELLING HOUSE, known as No. 9 Holywell-street, Oxford, for many years occupied by the deceased proprietor, and which, with a moderate outlay, might be made a very comfortable Private Residence for a family of respectability; it contains three sitting rooms, three large bed rooms, and servant’s room, with cellar, kitchen, and other domestic offices; a pump and well of excellent water, a large garden at the back, and other advantages. — This Property is held by lease under Merton College, Oxford, for a term of 40 years, from 5th April, 1850, subject to money and corn rents, amounting to about 12s. per annum, and a Land Tax of 18s. per annum. — Immediate possession may be had.

A quarter of a century later, this house came up for auction again, and is advertised thus on 5 January 1878:

Lot 1 —- All that very desirable LEASEHOLD RESIDENCE, being No. 9 Holywell-street, containing entrance passage, two sitting rooms, kitchen, and scullery on the ground floor; two sitting rooms and four bed rooms on the upper stories; a cellar in the basement; and a large garden in the rear, the whole being in the occupation of Mrs. Hinton.
This lot is Leasehold under Merton College for 40 years, from the 5th of April, 1850, and is subject to an annual quit rent of 1s. 8d. and two pecks of barley malt.

9 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

Stephen Kensell (65), a boot maker, lived here with James Kensell (55) and one female servant.

1851

Stephen Kensell (77), an unmarried bootmaker and employer of eight men, still lived here with his brother James (68), who was also a bootmaker, and one servant.

1861

John Bossom (64), a widower and college janitor, lived here with his daughter Lucy (19). They had one female servant.

1881

Martha Hinton (40), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived here with her children Edith (19), Cecilia (17), Percy (13), William (11), and Edgar (9), and her married sister Agnes Kenrick (35), who is described as a landowner’s wife.

1901

Martha Hinton (59), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived here with her unmarried children Edith (39), Cecilia (37), and John (33), who was a college servant. William Waters, a physician, lodged with them and ran his practice from this house.

1911

Martha Hinton (70), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived here with her two unmarried daughters Edith (49) and Cecilia (47).

 

Occupants of 9 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 5 yds 0 ft 9 in
Mrs Perfect

1830–1852

Stephen & James Kensell
Boot & shoe makers

1861

John Bossom
College janitor

1866–1926

John Hinton
Under-porter of Brasenose College (died here 31 May 1871)

Mrs Martha Hinton from 1871
Mrs Martha Hinton, University lodgings, by 1889
Miss Hinton, University Lodgings by 1921

1935

No listing

1936–1962

James Allan Moy-Thomas, Lecturer in Geology, Queen’s
Mrs Moy-Thomas from 1945

1964

No listing

1966

Arthur G. Rigg

1967

James A. D. Welsh

1970–1973

Michael G. Bowler

1976

No listing

At 9 Holywell today

Merton College annexe

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