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12 Holywell Street


12 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047267. The house dates from the end of the seventeenth or beginning of the eighteenth century, but has been altered. Owned by Merton College.

In the late 1940s it was occupied by Henry Dyson, one of the Inklings.

12 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

Christopher Ridley (25), a glover, is listed as living in Holywell Street with his wife Harriet (25) and Elizabeth (60), who was probably his mother. They had one 15-year-old servant girl. Directories, however, list this house as a school.

1851

Christopher Ridley (37), a glover, still lived here with his wife Harriet (40) and his children Christopher (8), Matthew (6), and Ann (5). They had one servant

1861

Christopher Ridley (47), a clerk born in Battersea, still lived here with his Oxford-born wife Harriet (50) and his children Christopher (19, also a clerk), Matthew (17, an apprentice cook), Anne (15), and John (10).

1881

Christopher Ridley (67), now specifically described as a butcher’s clerk, still lived here: he was now a widower, and lived alone with one domestic servant.

1901

John Cox (39), a college servant, lived here with his wife Letitia (39), who was a lodging house keeper, and his children Jessie (12), Elsie (11), Ethel (7), and Ida (3). They had one general servant.

1911

The household was away, and only a servant was in residence.

Occupants of 12 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 7 yds 0 ft 0 in
Mr Reynolds

1839

E. Hawkins
Milliner

1842

Thomas Cox
Boarding & Day School

1846–1894

Christopher Ridley, Glover;clerk & lodging house by 1861
     + Edward Bartlett, Accountant in 1852

1896–1901

John Edward Cox

1905

No listing

1914

Guy Dickens, M.A.
Fellow & Lecturer, St John’s College

1916

Keith Grahame Feiling, M.A.
Tutor of Christ Church

1921

Arthur Munro

1926

Revd Cyril Carter, R.M.A.

1935–1936

Mrs Drummond-Hay

c.1940–1945

The Vicar of St Mary the Virgin Church
(the Revd Theodore Milford in 1945)

1947

Henry Victor Dyson Dyson, M.A., B.Litt.
Fellow of Merton College

1952–1964

Guy Edward Farquhar Chilver, M.A., D.Phil.
Senior Tutor of Queen’s College

1966–1976

O. M. Godwin

with R. Smith, Physician & surgeon in 1970–1972

At 12 Holywell today

Merton College annexe

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