Part of Hertford College (was 51–52 Holywell Street)

51-52 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047238

Nos. 51 and 52 used to be a house and shop, but are now one building. It is owned by Hertford College.

Late eighteenth-century three-storeyed stuccoed rubble on cellars, with a band at the first floor, and a Welsh slate roof. There is a coachway to the west. The ground-floor has a bay shop-front and an eighteenth-century sash window. The bay is carried up through the first and second floor.

The artist J. A. Shuffrey lived at 51 Holywell Street between 1906 and 1908.

51–52 Holywell Street in the censuses


No. 51

No. 52
Richard Wall (50), a plumber, lived here with his wife Margaret (50) and one female servant.


No. 51
Margaret Wall (61), the widow of a plumber & painter and owner of houses and fundholder, lived here with one servant.

No. 52
Robert Thomas (45), a plumber & painter employing two men and one apprentice, lived here with one servant.


No. 51
Margaret Wall (72) still lived here with her female servant.

No. 52
Robert Thomas
(a widower of 55), a plumber & glazier employing 13 men and one boy, lived here with an undergraduate lodger and his two servants.


No. 51
John Jenkins
(38), a cook, lived here with his wife Louisa (28) and his children Emily (8), Maud (6), and Ada (2). They had a servant boy aged 13.

No. 52
Robert Thomas
(45), a Hounslow-born painter & plumber employing 39 men and two boys, lived here with his wife Mary (40) and his children Mary (19), Ellen (15), and Allan (6). They had one general servant.


No. 51
Caroline Smith (29), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived here with her children Arthur (12), Frank (10), Sarah (7), and Charles (5). They had a servant girl of 16.

No. 52
Robert Thomas (65), a decorator and plumber, worked from this house. He lived here with two of his unmarried sons: Frank (38) was a partner in the business, while Eric (20) worked for his father.


No. 51
Miss Edith de la Mare
(59), a boarding-house keeper from Guernsey, lived here with a visiting French student.

No. 52
No listing: probably just a plumbing and decorating business.

Occupants of 51–52 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

  No. 52 (left) No. 51 (right)

Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 13 yds 0 ft 5 in
Mr Baynes


Richard Wall
Plumber &c.

R. Pike, Accountant (1830)

George Farrant (from 1846)
Senior Common Room Man at New College


Robert Thomas in 1851–1861

Robert Thomas senior, painter, plumber and glazier in 1872

R. Thomas & Son (Oxford) Ltd
Plumbers, decorators & glaziers

(and at No. 51 in 1884–1887)

Mrs Margaret Wall
(listed in private residents in 1852)



Robert Thomas junior, painter, plumber, & glazier


Miss Broughton


Mrs Caroline E. Smith
University lodgings


Arthur George


Miss Edith de la Mare
Boarding-house keeper


Miss Dale

with Mrs Mary Helen Carew,
Physician & Surgeon, 1916–1926
(named as Mrs Mary Carew-Hunt in 1921)


Andrew Carstairs


Leslie Franks


Mrs M. Gilson Cary


R. Thomas & Son (Oxford) Ltd
Plumbers, decorators & glaziers & wallpaper merchants
(with Leslie Franks at No. 52)


Gray & Thomas (Oxford) Ltd
Wallpaper showrooms & offices
(with Leslie Franks at No. 52)


Homefinding Accommodation Agency
(with Leslie Franks, J.P. at No. 52)


No listing, except for Colin Douglas at No. 51 in 1973


Infilled and restored (with 53–55 to the east)
to form part of Hertford’s Third (or Holywell) Quad

At 52 and 51
Holywell today

Part of Hertford College

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