31 Holywell Street

31 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1369379. An early eighteenth-century house since modernized. Owned by Wadham College.

The entrance to the Brasenose College stables was still via the opening to the west of this house in 1851. By the end of the nineteenth century there was also a No. 31A, probably on the stable site.

Mrs Sarah Brazier, who lived here at the time of the 1861 census, was the widow of the wine merchant Charles Tyson Brazier, who presumably had a wine shop here in the 1840s.

In the early 1860s this was a school. Jackson’s Oxford Journal for 28 December 1861 has the following advertisement:

Establishment for Young Ladies
The Misses BRANSCOMBE and PAGE take the present opportunity of informing their friends and the public that they have removed to more commodious Premises at No. 31, HOLYWELL STREET, which will afford their Pupils the advantage of an exceedingly healthy locality, with a [p]lay-ground contiguous to the Parks. Great care is taken to impart a thorough English Education, and every attention is paid to the health, morals, and comfort of the Pupils.
Music, Instrumental and Vocal, taught in modern style; French, German, and Italian; Drawing and Painting, in water-colours. In the latter departments, they are assisted by talented Masters.
References kindly permitted to the Parents of Pupils, several of whom are of five and six years’ standing. — Prospectuses will be forwarded on application.

By 26 April 1862, Misses Branscombe and Page advertise this school as the “Vine House Establishment”>

31 Holywell Street in the censuses


Moses Brooks (40), a dairyman, lived here with Ann (35) and Ann Clara (15), Catherine (13), Clara (15), Frederick (11), Emily (9), Miriam (7), Louisa (5), Francis (3), Martha (1), and a one-month-old boy. Two young men and a girl live with them.


No. 31
Ann White
(63), a widowed Gentlemen’s Lodging House Keeper, lived here with two servants and two Oxford graduates.

”Brasenose College Stable in No. 31 yard”
Michael Poulter
(46), Gentleman Coachman, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (45) and their sons George (13) and William (10)


Sarah E. Brazier (41), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived here with her children Catherine (15), Florence (14), Esther (11), Charles (10), Emily (8), Albert (5), and John (2). She had one female servant.


No. 31: George Vincent (49), a college porter, lived here with his wife Jane (42) and his daughters Adelaide (16, a pupil teacher) and Louisa (13).

No. 31A: Sarah Newman (65), a retired laundress, with her son Henry (26), described as “formerly college bedmaker” and Edward (23), who was a “common room man’s assistant”.


No. 31:Jane Vincent (60), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived here with her unmarried daughters Adelaide (36), who was a certificated elementary teacher, and Louisa (33), who was engaged in home duties.

No. 31A: James Moss (42), a domestic coachman, lived here with his wife Emma (47).


No listing.


Occupants of 31 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 9 yds 0 ft 6 in
Mr Rawlins


Moses Brooks, Dairyman

Mrs Ann White, Gents’ Lodging house keeper, in 1851 census)

To early 1861

Mrs Sarah E. Brazier, Lodging house keeper

(Directory says Mrs Prior)

From December 1861

The Misses Branscombe & Page’s School for Young Ladies


Henry Hooper
Mrs Hooper by 1871


George Vincent
College porter

Mrs Jane Vincent (by 1884)
University lodgings


Ernest William Ainley Walker, D.M.
Tutor of University College


Sir Thomas Raleigh
Fellow & Dean of All Souls College


Edward Maurice Besley


Frederic Wolff Ogilvie
Fellow of Trinity College


Revd Geoffrey Francis Allen, M.A.
Fellow & chaplain of Lincoln College


Patrick Mallam, M.D., M.R.C.P.,
Consultant physician

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