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18 Holywell Street


18 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047269. Nineteenth-century front. Owned by Merton College.

The following advertisement appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal for 26 August 1882:

TO LET, with possession at Michaelmas. — No. 18, Holywell Street, Oxford, suitable for a Private Residence or University Lodgings: eleven rooms, kitchens, and usual offices; also large and productive Garden. — Apply No. 17, St. John-street.

18 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

Angel Lockey (65), described as independent, lived here with Ann (50) and (probably their grown-up children) Ann (30); Angel (30); Richard (30), who was an annuitant; Oliver (25), who was an engineer; John (25), who was a cook; and Elizabeth (25). They had one female servant.

1851

Ann E. Lockey (60), now a widow, lived here with her children Ann (39), Angel (37), and John (36). The latter was a College Cook and Manciple at The Queen's College, and the family had their house servant and an errand boy of 14 living with them.

1861

Anne Lockey (69) still lived here with her unmarried children Angel (48), Ann (4), John (44), who was described as a manciple, and Frederick (28)., They had one servant girl.

1871

John Holliday (37), described as “Butler of Corpus Church College” (probably Corpus Christi College), lived here with his wife Sarah (37) and their children Martha (9), John (8), Sarah (4), Mary (3) and his widowed mother Elizabeth Holliday (69) and widowed aunt Sarah Pratt (67). They had two general servants, and John's brother William Holliday (36), who was a banker's clerk, lodged with them.

1881

Mary Looker (38), a lodging house keeper, lived here alone.

1891

The occupants (probably the Roberts family) are recorded as being absent on census night.

1901

John Varley Roberts (59), a college organist, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (58) and his daughter Gertrude (33). They had two servants (a cook and a housemaid).

1911

Not listed.

Occupants of 18 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 7 yds 0 ft 1 in
Mr Oliver

1841–1861

John Lockey (1841, 1846)
Mrs Ann Lockey (1851, 1852)
John Lockey (1862)

1866–1876

John Holliday or Holiday, cook

1881

Mary Looker
lodging house keeper

1884–1926

John Varley Roberts, Mus.Doc.
Organist of Magdalen College to 1916

Miss Varley Roberts by 1921

1926–1930

Harold Wynn-Cuthbert

1935

No listing

1936–1947

Mrs R. G. Wright

1952–1960

John H. Leadlay, M.A.

1962–1964

Mrs P. M. Carter

1966–1967

No listing

1970

Henry Roberts

1972

No listing

1973

Henry Roberts

1976

Timothy P. Foley

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