5 & 6 Long Wall Street

5 & 6 Holywell Street

This house (which is now just numbered 5 Holywell Street) is Grade II listed (List Entry 047214) and is owned by Magdalen College. Historic England states that it probably dates from the mid-eighteenth century, but Jackson's Oxford Journal of 15 July 1865 implies that it was then newly built:

Lot 4 will comprise the newly-erected Dwelling House, being No. 5 (adjoining No. 4), occupied by Miss Hogg, at the annual rent of £29.

That lot was included in the sale of Nos. 1–5 Long Wall Street:

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 23 March 1867 the group of five houses was advertised for sale again. Directories show that No. 5 was then occupied by a Mr Bellamy, and again it is described as modern:

Lot 4.— A very desirable modern FREEHOLD DWELLING, occupied by Mr. Bellamy, containing in the basement three cellars (with street coal-grating on the ground floor), entrance passage, good front sitting room, kitchen and closet, back kitchen, &c., in court-yard; on the first floor a sitting room, front and back bed rooms, and water closet; and two front rooms above. Rental, £29.

Historic picture showing part of this building (immediately on the right)

The gateway on the right used to lead to Long Wall Place, where there were three houses.

Occupants of 5 Long Wall Street listed in directories etc.


John Gardener, Proprietor of houses, formerly Manciple of St Edmund Hall
(died here aged 70 on 10 February 1857)

Mrs Jane Gardener
(died here aged 78 on 11 August 1862)


Miss Hogg


Mr Bellamy


Richard Lee (died here aged 54 on 17 June 1876)
“For 41 years a faithful servant at St Edmund Hall”


Robert Hodgson
Lay clerk


Henry Kingston, College Porter & Lodging House
(also at No. 4 in 1899)

Mrs Emma Kingston (by 1901)


Albert Charles Chamberlain

Mrs Chamberlain by 1947


Mrs A. Brown


Aubrey Kingsmill Brown


No listing


M. H. Jacobus, consultant psychiatrist


No listing

At 5 Long Wall Street today

Magdalen College annexe

5 Long Wall Street in the censuses


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

Edward Haynes (30), a college servant, appears to have lived here with two servants of his own.


John Gardener (63), a proprietor of houses, lived here with his wife Jane (65) and daughter Jane (32). They had one servant.


Jane Gardener (77), an independent widow, lived here with one female servant.


Richard Lee (49), a college servant, lived here with his wife Sarah (24) and their son William (1). They had one servant.


Robert Hodgson (33), a lay clerk, lived here with his wife Annie (40), his children Mary (9), Arthur (6), George (4), and his sister Catherine (22).


Henry Kingston (47), a college porter, lived here with his wife Emily and his nephew George Fuller (12). They had one general servant.


Mrs Emma Kingston (55), a lodging house keeper, lived here with her niece and nephew, Emily and George Fuller. Her husband Henry was not at home on census night. The family is jointly listed at Nos. 4 and 5 Long Wall Street.


Henry Kingston (67), a widower who was a servant at Magdalen College, lived here with his housekeeper.

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