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36 Holywell Street


36 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047235. Possibly an eighteenth-century refronting of a seventeenth century house, but much altered.

This house shared the side entrance next door (leading to Wadham Place) with No. 35 to the east, and both houses were put up for sale with the yard in between in 1845: see No. 35 for the auction details. The builder Joseph Hope came to live in No. 36, and the yard behind took his name.

Nos. 35, 36, 37, and 38 Holywell Street now comprise Staircases XIII and XIV of Wadham College to the north.

36 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

James Knibbs (30), a gardener, lived here with Sarah Knibbs (60) and various tenants, plus two three servants (two male and one female).

1851

Joseph Hope (30), a builder employing nine men and one apprentice, lived here with his wife Maria (29) and an apprentice and house servant.

1861

William Mansell (32), a bookbinder, lived here with his wife Catherine (34) and children Catherine (10), William (8), John (4), and Ruth (2).

1881

Thomas R. Knowles (40), a builder, lived here with his wife Mary (41) and his children Edith (12), Thomas (10), Edward (8), Harold (4), and Marie (6 months). They had a general servant and a 14-year-old nursemaid.

1901

Edward Knowles (28), a builder and monumental mason, lived here with his sister Marie (20) and one general servant.

1911

Only a housekeeper was at the house on census night.

Occupants of 36 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 12 yds 1 ft 9 in
Mr Pepal

1841–1845

James Knibbs (1841)
Mrs Sarah Knibbs (by 1845)

1846

Elizabeth Creed
Milliner

1847–1852

Joseph Hope
Builder

1861

William Mansell
Bookbinder

1866–1871

Joseph Wiblin, cabinet maker in 1866

John Wiblin by 1871

1872–1976

T. R. Knowles, stone carver in 1872

T. R. Knowles
E. N. Knowles & Son
, builders & memorial masons 1875–1884

Knowles & Son (Oxford) Building Ltd
Builders, decorators, plumbers, memorial masons & sculptors (showrooms)

with Godfrey Noel Richardson, lecturer, Oriel College in 1894–1896
with Hilaire Belloc, University Extension Lecturer in 1899
with Bernhard V. Darbishire M.A. in 1905
with Beach Cochrane 1916–1921
with Matthew John Sansom in 1935
with West Anglia School of Motoring 1960–1964

1980
Telephone Directory

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