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56 Holywell Street


56 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1369380. Late eighteenth-century front on a house that is probably older. Owned by Merton College.

Because 56 Holywell has its front door facing on to Bath Place, in some early directories it is not listed under Holywell Street, and the house next door (No. 57) is wrongly given the number 56.

56 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

Thomas Day (25), a groom, lived here with his wife Ann (25).

1851

Thomas Day (40), described as head groom at a livery stables, still lived here with his wife Ann (39) and their children Thomas (7), Frederick (3), and Henry (2).

1861

Edwin Cooke (26), a groom, lived here with his wife Ann (25) and his children Elizabeth (3) and Mary (6 months). They had two lodgers, both grooms.

1881

Only 56A is listed: Richard Best (48), a bootmaker, lived here with his wife Matilda (39) and his children Richard (14, a printer’s apprentice), Florence (6), and Beatrice (4).

1901

John Trinder (26), a domestic groom, lived here with his wife Mary (25) and his children Agnes (2) and George (4 months).

1911

Frederick Mercer (31), a coachman, lived here with his wife Caroline (30). The main house was then presumably the vet’s business premises.

Occupants of 56 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 12 yds 1 ft 0 7 in
Mr Johnson and others: stables

1851

Thomas Day
Head groom at livery stables

1861

Edwin Cook in directories

1866

(Treated as Bath Place)

1872

C. Symonds, Coach house

1875–1876

Dr F. Child

1881

Richard Best, shoemaker, at 56A in census

1884–1899

Richard Butler, Coachman

1901

John Trinder, groom

1905–1916

Robert G. Gillard, Veterinary surgeon

1926

Mac’s Garage (Macpherson’s Garage & Stables Ltd)

1935

P. W. Powell, antique dealer

1936

No listing

 

Flat 1

Flat 2

Flat 3

1945

Arthur J. Brown

William John Moir, M.B.

G. Frecheville

1947

E. C. Thompson

Mrs T. Gordon

1952

John S. Millward

Ludwig A. Moritz

Sir Charles Normand,
C.I.E., D.Sc.

1954

John O. Woodward

1956

Rodney Needham,
B.Litt., D.Phil.

1958–1960

Mrs G. S. Gordon

1962

Miss Anson-Owen

1964–1966

Ernest W. Godwin

1967

Robert T. Farrell

1970

 

R. Joshi Vijay

1972

Cedric G. Carrington

No listing

1973–1976

Alec Jeffreys

Rodney Needham,
BLitt, MA, DPhil, DLitt

Dennis Parsons

At 56 Holywell today

Merton College annexe

Holywell home

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