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58 Holywell Street


58 Holywell with blue plaque

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1335918.
A nineteenth-century refronting or rebuilding of what was probably a seventeenth-century house. Owned by Merton College.

The house has an Oxfordshire Blue Plaque to the architect John Chessell Buckler (1793–1894), who lived here from 1861 to 1889: he worked on the University Church, and also designed the 1851 buildings of Magdalen College School. He produced many drawings of Oxford street views (of which the Bodleian Library has 145 made between 1810 and 1830). He died at Melbury, Cowley St John on 5 January 1894 at the age of 100.

58 Holywell Street in the censuses

1841

Margaret Mallam, laundress, is listed in Holywell Street, and probably lived here (see 1851 below).

1851

58: Margaret Mallam (48), a single laundress, lived here with her brother Thomas Mallam (50), a shoemaker. Both were unmarried, and they had a lodger.

58A: Frances Brocklesby (68), a public house keeper (at the Barley Mow at 59 next door) lived here.

1861

58: John Chessell Buckler (67), an architect, lived here with his three daughters.

58A: Hannibal Johns (43), a Cornish-born college servant, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (48), his mother-in-law Elizabeth Noon (85), and one female servant.

1881

58: John Chessell Buckler (87) lived here with his daughters Eliza (43) and Esther (37). They had one female servant.

58A: Hannibal Johns (63), a college bedmaker, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (71) and a general servant.

1901

Frederick Alder (49), a college servant, lived here with his wife Emma (47), a lodging house keeper, and his children George (20), a college servant; Mabel (16), a milliner’s apprentice); Dorothy (11), Eric (14), a railway clerk, and Elsie (8), plus his widowed mother-in-law Emma Hudson (77).

1911

Frederick Alder (58), a college servant, lived here with his wife Emma (52) and his daughters Dorothy (21), who was a milliner, and Elsie (18), who was a draper’s cashier.

Occupants of 58 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.

1772
Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 8 yds 0 ft 0 in
Mrs White

1851

Margaret Mallam
Laundress

1861–1889

J. C. & C. A. Buckler
John C. Buckler, Architect by 1866

(with Hannibal Johns at 58A, presumably the upstairs apartment)

1894

Mrs Dix, Lodging house

1899–1914

Frederick Alder

1926–1958

Walter Edward Dore
Mrs Dore from 1945

1960–1966

John Piggot

1967

Donald Roberts

1970–1972

Alfred P. Cole

1973

Owain Waite

1976

No listing

At 58 Holywell today

Merton College annexe

Holywell home

© Stephanie Jenkins

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