HOLYWELL, OXFORD

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17 Holywell Street (former King’s Head)


17 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1087082. The house dates from the sixteenth/seventeenth century. Owned by Merton College.

This was the King’s Head pub until 1926. King’s Head Passage ran down the west side of the building.

17 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

Thomas Howlett (30), a victualler, lived here with his wife Ann (25) and two male servants.

William Talmage (60), a tailor, appears to have lived at No. 17 as well with Elizabeth (60).

1851

James King (39), the victualler of the King’s Head, lived here with his wife Sarah (42) and three lodgers.

1861

James Percy (34), the victualler of the King’s Head, lived here with his wife Ann (36) and children John (8), William (7), and Anne (2). They also had a boarder.

1881

Edwin Slatter (52), the publican of the King’s Head, lived here with his wife Susan (47) and his children Adelaide (24), George (20, a carpenter), Edwin (12), and Alexander (9). They had a labourer boarding with them, and a gardener as their lodger.

1901

Francis Tubb (33), a publican, lived at the King’s Head with his wife Harriett (30) and his children Florence (7) and Francis (6).

1911

Kate Webber (51), a widowed innkeeper, lived at the King’s Head with her son Frederick (25), who was a blacksmith, her daughters Lily (22) and Beatrice (16), and her niece Beatrice Wooldridge (8).

Occupants of 17 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 7 yds 1 ft 9 in
Mr Talmage

1841

William Talmage
Tailor

1830–1926

King’s Head public house

Some landlords:
George Hands (1830)
Thomas Howlett (1839–1841)
Aaron Thornton (1842)

James Simms (1846)
James King (1851–1852)
James Perry or Percy (1861–1876)
Edwin Slatter(1881–1889)
James Lawrence Hayter (1894–1899)
Francis Tubb (1901)
Mrs Kate Webber (1905)

Edward Richardson (1914–1921)

1935–1936

Mrs Allison-Brown

1945–1947

John D. C. Curtis

1952–1976

Gerald Merton, M.C., M.A., Ph.D., F.R.A.S.

At 17 Holywell today

Private house, owned by Merton College

Holywell home

© Stephanie Jenkins

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