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15–16 Holywell Street


15-16 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047268. This pair of houses probably dates from the end of the sixteenth or beginning of the seventeenth century, but they were remodelled in the eighteenth century. The ground floor was refronted in rubble in 1970. Owned by Merton College.

On 21 November 1868 the auction of No. 16 (together with six cottages behind adjoining Park Passage) was advertised thus in Jackson's Oxford Journal:

The FRONT HOUSE, with Shop, No. 16, and SIX COTTAGES in the rear, with Garden to each, and two detached wash-houses, water closets, and privies, with the city water laid on, adjoining Park Passage, in the several occupations of Messrs. Hounslow, Smith, Drury, Hughes, Stapleton, Miss Mallam, and Mrs. Robins, old and punctual tenants, paying a rental of £72. 14s. per annum.
   This Property is held by lease from Merton College, for a term of 40 years, from Michaelmas 1852, subject to a reserved rent of 15s. 9d., and Land Tax £1 14s. 3d.

 

15–16 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

1851

No. 16½ [probably No. 15]
Thomas Daly
(46), a Royal Artillery pensioner, lived here with his wife Mary (29) and their children John (7) and James (9 months) and a nurse-child, Mary Jones (8 months).

No. 16
Edward Peake
(21), a carver & gilder, lived here with his wife Eliza (24).

1861

No. 15
Jane Godfrey (57), a laundress, lived here with her sons Charles (33) and Ebenezer (27), who were college servants, her daughter Jane (19), also a laundress, and her servant Caroline Akers (39), who is described as a laundrymaid.

No. 16
John Green (32), a master tailor employing two men, is described as married, but was alone in the house on census night.

1881

No. 15
Frederick C. Collins
, a cowkeeper & dairyman employing one man, lived here with his brother Arthur (3), who is described as a dairyman and presumably worked for his brother. Both were single.

No. 16
Benjamin T. Hounslow
(47), a grocer, lived here with his wife Jane (49) and his children Benjamin (25, a butler), Jane (24), and Samuel (17, a cabinet maker’s apprentice).

1901

No. 15
Not listed.

No. 16
Jane Reeve (37), an unmarried general grocer, lived here with her widowed mother Sarah (79), who was living on her own means.

1911

No. 15
Not listed.

No. 16
Arthur Carter (38), a shopkeeper, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (36), who assisted in the business, and his daughter May (18), who was a teacher.

 

Occupants of 15–16 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

 

No. 16 (left)

No. 15 (right)

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 4 yds 0 ft 0 in
Mr Attewell

Frontage: 4 yds 0 ft 0 in
Mr Vincent

1851–1852

Edward Peake
Carver & gilder

Thomas Daly (16A, but probably No. 15)

William Blay
Cabinet maker & upholsterer

1861

John F. Green
Tailor

Mrs Jane Godfrey
Laundress

1866

Thomas Higginson, paper hanger, & Mrs Higginson, feather dresser

1871–1881

Benjamin Hounslow
Grocer

E. Collins in 1871
E . R. & F. C. Collins from 1872
Cowkeeper & Dairyman

1884

J. Carter
Cabinet maker, upholsterer

1887

Mrs Walton

1889–1899

Thomas Fenemore,
Gas fitter in 1889, Ironmonger in 1889

with William Tollett, tailor 1889–1896 (moved from 95 when it was demolished by New College)

 

1901–1905

Miss Jane Reeves
General grocer

1914–1916

Arthur Carter
Shopkeeper

Mrs Elizabeth Carter
Shopkeeper (by 1921)

E. W. Attwood, ironmonger & gas & hot water fitter (also at 14 & 14A )

1921

Cox & Co.
Motor engineers

1926–1960

C. J. Gray & Son
Motor Engineers
(later Cycle agents & dealers)

1962–1966

C. N. Spencer, general store
Mrs Spencer by 1966

1967

Malcolm A. S. Moore

1970

John L. Barton

Homefinding accommodation agency

1972–1976

No listing

1991

Merton College annexe

Wykeham Coffee House

At 16 & 15
Holywell today

Edamamé Japanese Restaurant

Holywell home

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