LONG WALL STREET, OXFORD

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7 Long Wall Street


7 Longwall Street

No. 7 Long Wall Street has a mid-eighteenth-century front on timber-framing. The front doorway has a plain flat hood on scrolled iron brackets. It is Grade II listed (1106303) and is now owned by Magalen College.

In 1720 this was the site of a stable occupied by Mary Bourton.

This house (together with the three houses of Long Wall Place) was owned by Mrs Sarah Gunning in 1878, and her Executors advertised it for sale thus in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 6 April that year:

… PRIVATE DWELLLING HOUSE, Stone and Brick-built and Tiled and Slated, situate and being No. 7, Long Wall-street, Oxford, in the occupation of Mr. East, containing six bed rooms, sitting room, parlour, hall, and cellar, and two outbuildings at back easily convertable into Cottages. This House is excellently situated, and well adapted for University Lodgings, and produces an annual rental of £30.

The house and three cottages together fetched £750 at the auction.

The cabinet maker Henry Butler lived here from 1883 to 1917. For more information about this family, see the page about their son Charlie Butler on the St Peter-in-the-East war memorial website.

Occupants of 7 Long Wall Street listed in directories etc.

1846

Ann Hewitt

1851–1882

David Henry East, Brasenose College servant
(died there on 23 July 1882, aged 69)

1883–1917

Henry Butler, Lodging house (later cabinet maker)

1928–1936

Ronald Malcolm James Osborne, University lodging house

1947–1966

Mrs Ursula Beck (to 1956)
Mrs V. Joachim-Beck (1958 only)
Mrs U.E.M. Joachim-Beck (1960–1966)

1967–1976

No listing

At 7 Long Wall Street today

Magdalen College annexe

7 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

James Millard (described as an “independent”, but with his age given as only 15) appears to have lived here with John Knight (14), Henry Smith (14), Richard Walker (11), and one female servant.

1851

David H. East (37), a college servant, lived here with his wife Ruth (49) and his children Joseph (14), William (12), Sarah (6), Thomas (8), and David (3). They had one female servant, and two lodgers: one was his father-in-law William Baxter, described as the Librarian of the Botanic Garden, and the other a portrait painter called Conville Langlois (57).

1861

David H. East (47), a college servant, still lived here with his wife Ruth (49) and his children William (22), who was a surveyor’s clerk; Thomas (18), a librarian’s assistant); Sarah (16); and David (13). His widowed father-in-law William Baxter (73), who was now described as a botanist, still lived with them.

1871

David H. East (57), a college servant, still lived here with his wife Ruth (59), his daughter Sarah (25), and his father-in-law William Baxter (83), now described as a botanist. They had one servant.

1881

David East (66), a college servant, still lived here with his wife Ruth (69) and his daughter S.H.B. East (34).

1891

Henry Butler (47), a cabinet maker, lived here with his wife Martha (47) and his children Kate (23), Harry (22), Mary (17), Louise (15), Herbert (12), Rose (9), Charles (7), and Arthur (a baby).

1901

Henry Butler (57), a cabinet maker, still lived here with his wife Martha (57) and his children Kate (33), Harry (32), Mary (27), Rose (19), Charles (17), and Arthur (10). They also had a boarder.

1911

Henry Butler (67), a cabinet maker, still lived here with his wife Martha (67) and his two unmarried daughters: Kate (43) was an assistant at home, and May (37) was a drapery buyer.

Long Wall home

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