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39 Holywell Street


39 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047237. The house has an eighteenth-/nineteenth-century front on an earlier building, possibly a seventeenth-century core. It was altered in 1971.

To the right of No. 39 and passing is a back entrance to the King’s Arms.

On 10 May 1955 the Estates Bursar of Wadham College was granted planning permission (application 55/04421/A_H) to convert the top two floors to a bookshop. Prior to that date, the building was numbered as follows:

  • 39A: Shop (now considered part of No. 38)
  • 39B: Offices
  • 39C: Rooms for undergraduates on first and second floors.

39 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

1851

Abraham Walker (29), a master groom employing one man, lived here with his sister Caroline (27), who acted as his housekeeper, and one servant. Two graduates were lodging with them.

1861

Alfred Barling (29), a private schoolmaster, lived here with his wife Sara (31), his four-year-old nephew, and a 13-year-old boarder. They had one female servant.

1881

Richard Gillman (31), a bootmaker, lived here with his wife Margaret (29) and his children William (5), Grace (4), Bertha (4), Percy 92), and Ethel (4 months). They had a nurse and a general servant.

1901

Margaret Gillman, a widowed boot manufacturer, lived here with his wife Bertha (24) and his daughter Ada (18), who was a tailor.

1911

No listing.

Occupants of 39 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 11 yds 2 ft 3 in
Mrs Langford

1830–1839

Paul Hicks
Grocer & cheesemonger

1842–1852

John Walker, Grocer (to 1846)
Abraham Walker, Grocer (by 1851)

1861

Alfred Barling
Private schoolmaster

1866–1947

Richard Gillman, Boot maker by 1866

Gillman & Son, Boot maker; 1871; R. V. Gillman, 1872

Richard Gillman junior, Boot maker by 1881

Mrs Richard Gillman, Boot maker, 1899–1921
(with William Franklin, livery stable in 1894–1896; H. J. Fletcher, livery stable, in 1899;
and James William Hearn, jobmaster, in 1916)

Richard William Gillman, Boot maker by 1935

1952–1954

Geoffrey Miller, Antique dealer (Holywell Antiques, W. H. Ridler in 1954)
P. D. Pike & Co., Insurance brokers
Gabbitas Thring & Co. Ltd, Scholastic agency
National Institute of Houseworkers Ltd

1956–1969

Blackwell’s Music Shop

1970–1976

No listing

At 39 Holywell today

Tuck Shop

Holywell home

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