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1, 2, and 3 Long Wall Street


1-3 Long Wall Street

The houses on the west side of Long Wall Street were numbered consecutively in the first half of the nineteenth century, starting at the south end of this group to the north of Longwall House, and the numbers are still the same today. This side of the street was in St Peter-in-the-East parish.

Nos. 1–3 Long Wall Street (above) are part of one late seventeenth-century building. The houses are three-storeyed, with an overhang at the first floor, and the sash windows date from the eighteenth century. The building is owned by Magdalen College and is Grade II listed (List Entry 1047212).

Historic picture showing this building (third from right)

Nos. 1–5 Long Wall Street were offered for sale in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 1 July 1865:

FOR SALE. MR W. H. HOWARD has received instructions from the Proprietor to SELL by AUCTION, in the course of next month, in lots,— All that desirable FREEHOLD ESTATE, Land Tax redeemed; consisting of Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Long Wall-street, in the parish of St. Peter-in-the-East, in the City of Oxford.
   The Property overlooks the beautiful Grove of Magdalen College, and is not, therefore, likely at any time to be blocked out by inferior buildings, which must be a great desideratum in the purchase of property for residences, whether for investment or occupation.

On 15 July 1865 closer descriptions were given of each house:

Lot 1 will comprise the Dwelling House and Premises, being No. 1, Long Wall-street aforesaid, occupied by Mr. Williamson, at the annual rent of £18 10s.; and of No. 2, occupied by Mrs. James Upton, at £16 per annum.

Lot 2 will comprise the Dwelling House and Premises, being No. 3 (adjoining No. 2), occupied by Mr. James Sellwood, at the annual rent of £19.

On 23 March 1867 the houses were advertised for sale again:

Lot 1.— TWO FREEHOLD DWELLINGS, being No. 1, Long Wall, occupied by Mr. Williamson, containing sitting room, kitchen, and cupboard on the ground floor, four rooms and attic above, with court yard, wash house, coal house, and good pump of water outside; and No. 2, occupied by Mr. Upton, containing sitting room, kitchen, cellar, and side entrance, with four rooms and attic above. Rentals, £34 10s. per annum.

Lot 2.—- A FREEHOLD DWELLING, No. 3, adjoining, occupied by Mr Walker, containing sitting room, cellar under stairs, detached kitchen and room over, small yard, &c., on the ground floor, and four rooms above. Rental, £19.

Occupants of 1, 2, and 3 Long Wall Street listed in directories etc.

 

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

1846

William Beckett

Mrs Beckett by 1851

James Kempson

No listing

1851

Benjamin Atkins
Cabinet maker and upholsterer

Robert Glanville
College servant

(Butler of All Souls)

1852

John Bossom
Servant of Brasenose College

1861

Thomas Wright

John Williamson
Clerk of St Peter-in-the-East

James Selwood

1865

John Williamson
Parish clerk

James Upton, accountant

1866–1867

Mr Walker (1867)

1871–1881

Richard H. Baker (1871)

Mrs Baker, Servants Registry Office (1889)

(But Sarah Davis actually living here at time of 1881 census)

Henry Butler

1889

John Clarke

+ F. J. Clarke, tailor in 1889

Annie Clarke in 1901

J. W. Harris

1891

Jane Ockenden

1899–1901

William Huckerby

Mrs Eliza Plummer
Lodging house

George Gasking
(1914)

Miss Plumber (1928)

1911

Miss Jane Warner

Miss Mary Jane Loxley
Lodging house keeper

1914

James William Edmunds

1928

Joseph Frederick King

Miss S. A. E. Herderschee

1935

A. W. H. B. King
Accountant, tel. 2477
+ Joseph Frederick King (1935)

Abbey Road Building Society
(local agent, A. W. H. B. King, A.L.A.A.). Tel. 2477
+A. W. H. B. King
Accountant, tel. 2477 (1936)

Joseph Frederick King (by 1947)

William James Rutherford

Mrs M.  Rutherford by 1947

Herbert Varney

1936–1952

1954

William Lambert
Mrs Lambert

1956–1970

William Inker (1954–1973)

B. J. Inker (1976)

1972–1973

No listing

1976

David R. Maynor

At 1, 2, & 3 Long Wall Street today

Magdalen College annexe

1, 2, and 3 Long Wall Street in the censuses

1841

The 1841 census does not give house numbers, but it is possible to give a tentative assignment based on census order and known inhabitants

1 Long Wall Street
Ann Newark
(40), a milliner, appears to have been living here with Susan Tibbles (14) and Mary Hamp (2).

2 Long Wall Street
Ann Parsons
(50), a lady of independent means, appears to have been living here with Jane Parsons (2) and Joseph Parsons (25), and one female servant

3 Long Wall Street
John Maw
(40), a college servant, appears to have been living here with Sarah Maw (25), James Maw (50), a fishmonger, and Atlas Church (21), a jeweller.

1851

1 Long Wall Street
Susan Beckett
(38), a widow, lived here with her lodger, Miss Catharine Butler (74).

2 Long Wall Street
Benjamin Atkins
(42), an upholsterer and cabinet maker employing two men, lived here with his wife Fanny and children Ann (10), Benjamin (8), John (6), Edgar (4), and Robert (1). They had a 17-year-old servant girl.

3 Long Wall Street
Robert Glanville
(37), a college servant, lived here with his wife Duey (39) and his children Robert (8) and Edward (5).

1861

1 Long Wall Street
John Williamson (46), Parish Clerk & Cordwainer, lived here with his wife Frances (43), who was a glove cleaner, and his daughter Frances (19) who was a dressmaker, and his younger children Amelia (15), Elizabeth (8), Kate (6), and John (4), who were at school. They also had two lodgers: an apprentice girl of 14 and a schoolmistress of 66.

2 Long Wall Street
Unoccupied.

3 Long Wall Street
James Selwood (35), a college servant, lived here with his wife Harriet (33) and his children Harriet (10), Esther (6), William (4), and Julia (1 month).

1871

1 Long Wall Street
John Williamson (57), parish clerk, lived here with his wife Frances (50) and his children Elizabeth (17), Kate (15), and John (13).
In a separate household at No. 1 lived Jonathan Hind (30), a mason, with his wife Thirza (33) and his children Edmund (4), Edmund (2), and Edward (4 months).

2 Long Wall Street
Richard H. Baker (54), a lodging house keeper, lived here with his wife Mary (44).

3 Long Wall Street
Henry Butler (24), a cabinet maker, lived here with his wife Martha (27) and his children Kate (3) and Harry (2). Charles H. Grundy, the Curate of St Peter-in-the-East, lodged with them.

1881

1 Long Wall Street
John Williamson
(66), a shoemaker, lived here with his wife Frances (63) and his son John (24).
in a separate household at No. 1 lived Jonathan Hind (40), a builder’s mason, with his wife Thirza and his children E. F, Arthur, Percival, and Maud. They had one lodger.

2 Long Wall Street
Sarah Davis (49), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived here with her daughters Mary (13) and Kate (11).

3 Long Wall Street
Henry Butler (34), a cabinet maker, still lived here with his wife Martha (37) and his children Kate (13), Harry (12), Ethel (9), May (7), Louisa (5), and Herbert (2).

1891

1 Long Wall Street
John Clarke
(62), a groom, lived here with his wife Eliza (58) and his children Walter (24) and Annie (22).

2 Long Wall Street
Jane Ockenden (39), a dressmaker, lived here with her three younger siblings: Ellen (28), who was a dressmaker; Charles (34), who was a college servant; and Kitty (31), who was a general servant.

3 Long Wall Street
John Harris (33), an assurance agent, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (35) and his children Charles (7) and Florence (5).

1901

1 Long Wall Street
Miss Annie Clarke
(28), a lodging house keeper, lived here with two lodgers (a widow of 56 and a schoolmaster of 25) and a servant.

2 Long Wall Street
William Huckersby (58), a domestic coachman, lived here with his wife Mary (49) , his children Mary (21), Joseph (19), Robert (16), and William (10), and a boarder.

3 Long Wall Street
Eliza Plummer (59), a widowed shirt-maker, lived here with her niece Matilda Surrett (35), and a schoolmistress boarder.

1911

1 Long Wall Street
Jane Warner
(75), who had private means, lived here with her two nephews Frank and Albert Chamberlain, who were respectively a waiter in a boarding house and a cook in a college.

2 Long Wall Street
Mary Jane Loxley (58), an unmarried lodging-house keeper, lived here.

3 Long Wall Street
Eliza Plummer (69), a widowed lodging house keeper, lived her with her daughter Rose (42), who was a dentist’s secretary, and her niece Matilda Surret (45), who was an assistant to her aunt. George Frederick Sims (59), an organist and teacher of music, lodged with them.

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