37 Holywell Street

37 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1335895. This house dates from the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century. Owned by Wadham College.

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

Moses Brooks, who lived in this house in the 1850s, was a farmer of 500 acres, presumably the farmland which lay between Holywell Street and the present South Parks Road. He employed twelve men in 1851.

The following advertisement appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 28 August 1847:

TO be LET, — A HOUSE and BAKE HOUSE, with Garden, &c., situate in Holywell-street, Oxford. — Apply personally at No. 37 Holywell Street.

37 Holywell Street in the censuses


George Bennett (40), a builder, lived here with Esther (40), an apprentice, various lodgers, and one female servant.


Moses Brooks (52), a farmer of 500 acres employing twelve men, lived here with his wife Ann (48), who was a gentlemen’s lodging house keeper, and their children Anne (25), Miriam (16), Louisa (14), Martha (9), Francis (11), William (7), and George (5). Lodging with them were a clergyman and his wife.


Thomas Lucas (36), a lodging house keeper, lived here with his wife Mary Ann (34) and children Thomas (6), Ellen (2), and William (six months). There was just one lodger, probably as the census was taken out of term time. They had a cook and general servant.


George Hitchings (59), a surgeon, lived here with his wife Louisa (55) and his children Katherine (31), Elizabeth (28), Ada (21), Louisa (20), and Robert (17). They had three servants (a cook, housemaid, and footman).


Robert Hitchings (37), a medical practitioner, lived here with his wife Millie (30) and his daughter Evelyn (7). They had three servants (a governess, cook, and housemaid).


Frances Henry Dickson (31), a General Medical Practitioner, lived here with his wife Margaret (33) and his daughter Margaret Jean (2). They had two servants (a cook and a nurse).

Occupants of 37 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 8 yds 0 ft 2 in
Mrs Hayward


George Bennett


Moses Brooks
Farmer (later at No. 65)


Thomas Lucas
Lodging house keeper


George Charles Henry Hitchings, Surgeon to his death in 1897

Robert Hitchings, Surgeon & medical officer & public vaccinator from 1897
(In 1908 Hitchings moved up to Headington but kept his practice here, and it is still listed under his name, but it was his partner, Francis Henry Dickson, Physician & surgeon, who lived here.)


Eric Graham Saunders, M.B., B.S.
Physician & Surgeon


No listing


Wadham College Bursary

(with Percival’s Coaches in 1976: but see 39A)

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