18 Long Wall Street

18 Long Wall Street

No. 18 Long Wall Street dates from about 1800. It is Grade II listed (1047217). It is now part of New College, and in 1963 David Roberts joined it laterally to Nos. 19 and 20 to form student rooms, entered from the south, so its door to the street is no longer used. It is now entered from the south, behind the central archway. In 2016 planning permission was granted to New College to erect a single-storey building in the Morris yard for students with disabilities and make further alterations (16/03209/FUL).

Major-General Gibbes Rigaud (b.1820), the son of the Radcliffe Observer Stephen Peter Rigaud, moved here after his retirement in 1873 and died here on 1 January 1885 (obituary in Jackson's Oxford Journal on 10 January 1885). His brother, the Revd John Rigaud, died here in July 1888 (obituary in Jackson's Oxford Journal on 4 August 1888). The house was then occupied by Miss Jane Rigaud until c.1889.

Historic photograph of this house

Occupants of 18 Long Wall Street listed in directories etc.


William Cook, mason

Miss Mary Cook (by 1861)


Mrs Bleay


J. Garlick (according to directory)

Robert Faucett, Clergyman without cure of souls (from census)


Major-General Gibbes Rigaud (by 1880 to 1885)

Revd John Rigaud
Fellow of Magdalen College (to 1888)

Miss Jane Rigaud, their only surviving sister (to c.1889)

(and at No. 19 to the north)


New College house. Nos. 18 and 19 were occupied by the caretaker Robert Westall in 1891

Rev. Hastings Rashdall, Lecturer, New College


William Charles Rudd (also at No. 19 in 1936)


William Jennings (also at No. 19)

Permission for conversion of 18–20 Long Wall Street to student accommodation granted to New College in 1963 (63/13799/A_H)


No listing.

At 18 Long Wall Street today

New College annexe

18 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

William Cook, a mason, lived here with his wife Eliza and children William and Henry.


William Cook (64), a mason, still lived here with his wife Eliza (62), but this time with his older daughter Mary (34)


Miss Mary Cook (40) now lived here with her brother John (38) who was a cook, and her unmarried sister Maria (36).


Robert Faucett (44), a clergyman without cure of souls, lived here with one servant.


Gibbs Rigaud (60), a retired major general, and his brother John (59), a clergyman without cure of souls, both bachelors, lived here. They had two servants. They are jointly listed at Nos. 18 and 19.


Walter Westell (29), a college servant and caretaker, lived here with his wife Emma (35). They are jointly listed at Nos. 18 and 19.


Uninhabited. Listed as “New College house”.


No listing

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