33 Holywell Street

33 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047231. An eighteenth-/nineteenth-century front on a stone base. Owned by Wadham College.

The “Mr Parker” who lived here at the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford was John Parker, an apothecary, who was married to Catharine, daughter of Charles Perrot of Northleigh. John (who had been matriculated as a privleged tradesman on 27 September 1758), was the son of the writer Samuel Parker, and grandson of the Samuel Parker who was Bishop of Oxford from 1686 until his death in 1688. Under his will, which was proved on 28 April 1778, Parker ordered that “after my decease and the decease of my wife Catherine my house and the furniture in a street commonly called Holywell in the suburbs of the City of Oxford and held under the warden and scholars of Wadham College to be sold”.

John Parker’s son Richard was father of Joseph Parker, the Oxford bookshop owner.

By 1889 Arthur Evans and his wife Margaret rented this house, and they were here for several years.

33 Holywell Street in the censuses


Moses Brooks, a coal merchant and dairyman, was listed in Robson's Commercial Directory of 1839 as a coal merchant and dairyman at this address. The 1841 census shows him described as a farmer, and he was probably living here rather than at No. 37, where he moved later.


George Rawlinson (38), a clergyman without cure of souls, lived here with his wife Louisa (22) and their children Alice (3), George (2), and Mary (1). They had four servants: a cook, nurse, and two housemaids.


Charles Symonds (46), a horse dealer, lived here with his wife (37) and his children Frederick (18 and a student) and Georgina (17). They have three servants.


Charles Symonds (66), a horse dealer employing ten men, lived here with his wife Emily (58) and three servants (a cook, housemaid, and houseboy).


Eugène C. Impey (70), a retired colonel of the Bengal Staff Corps, lived here with his wife Isabella (65) and his unmarried daughters Isabella (36) and Mary (34). They had three servants (a cook, parlourmaid, and housemaid).


No listing.

Occupants of 33 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 12 yds 0 ft 0 in
Mr Parker


M. Brooks
Coal merchant & dairyman


Revd John W. Hughes, M.A.


George Rawlinson, Clergyman


Charles Symonds
Horse dealer (was at No. 30 previously)


W. C. Cruttwell


Arthur Evans
Brasenose College


Colonel Eugène C. Impey, C.I.E.


Oxford & County Club
(Major W. Melville Lee, hon. sec. in 1916)


British Red Cross Society and
Order of St John of Jerusalem War Organization Central Hospital Supply Service


Oxford University Faculty of Music

(including the Oxford University Musical Club & Union from 1954, and the Oxford University Gramophone Society 1956–1960)

The Faculty also took in No. 32 next door in c.1960

At 33 Holywell today

Part of Wadham College

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