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24 Holywell Street


24 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1087060. The house dates from the seventeenth century, with an eighteenth-century roughcast rubble front. Owned by Harris Manchester College.

Brazier's Yard used to run along the east side of this house, but this was taken into Mansfield Road.

In 2012 Harris Manchester College was granted permission to demolish the rear section of this building and erect a three-storey student accommodation block with clock tower (12/01792/LBC), as shown below.

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24 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

Thomas Whitlock (40), a grocer, lived here with Ann (30), Emily (10), and Laura (6). They had one lodger.

1851

William Pratley (58), a college servant, lived here with his wife Mary (43) and his children Elizabeth (17), William (14), Mary (12), Kate (10), Sarah (7), Henry (5), and Louisa (1), and a lodger.

1861

Henry Godfrey (26), a college servant, lived here with his wife Mary Ann (21) and his daughter Florence (1).

1871

Miss Mary Eliza Merritt (38), a schoolmistress, lived here with her brother Joseph Merritt  (32), who was a tailor and her niece Alice Merritt (15). They had one lodger

1881

Miss Mary Eliza Merritt (48), now described as a stationer and teacher of music, lived here with her two nieces Alice Merritt (25), who was a stationer’s assistant, and Edith (13) who was still at school. She also had a retired college bedmaker as her lodger.

1891

Miss Mary Eliza Merritt (58) was still a stationer here, and her niece Alice Merritt (35) continued to assist her in the business.

1901

Mary E. Merritt (68) still lived here, running a stationer and bookseller’s shop, helped by her niece Alice (45), who is described as a shop assistant.

1911

Mary Eliza Merritt (79) and her niece Alice (55) were still stationers here.

Occupants of 24 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 5 yds 0 ft 3 in
Mr Piddington

1830–1846

Thomas Whitlock or Whitelock
Grocery dealer

18511852

William Pratley
Grocer

1861

Henry Godfrey
College servant

1866

Thomas O. James, tobacconist
+ H. Godfrey

1871–1914

Miss Mary Eliza Merritt
Seminary in 1872 only
Variously Stationer, perfumer, carver, & picture frame maker

1926

Holywell Cash Bookshop
Booksellers

1930

B. H. Blackwell Ltd
Booksellers

1935–1936

Ronald M. Osborne, Confectioner
+ H. B. Thompson, private tutor and H. G. Goddard, architect

1945–1967

Maes & Co, Confectioners

Mrs Cairns

1970–1976

No listing

1987

Permission granted to Harris Manchester College
for change of use from unoccupied office to retail (87/00286/NFH)

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