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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 Hugo Dyson, one of the Inklings.

12 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

Christopher Ridley (25), a glover, lived here with his wife Harriet (25) and Elizabeth (60), who was probably his mother. They had one 15-year-old servant girl.

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).

1871

Christopher Ridley (57), a clerk, still lived here with his wife Harriet (60) and their son John (20), who was now an ironmonger. They had one servant.

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.

1891

Christopher Ridley (77), no longer with any occupation, still lived here with one 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

1839–1842

Thomas Hawkins
Commercial Academy
(with E. Hawkins, milliner, in 1839)

1841–1894

Christopher Ridley, Glover

     + 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.

1930

No listing

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. (known as Hugo Dyson)
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

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