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No. 14: Part of St John’s College


14 St Giles

 

No. 14 St Giles was built in about 1800. It is a Grade II listed building (List Entry No. 1369453) and was originally owned by Balliol College. It adjoins the north side of the Lamb & Flag Inn.

For over thirty years it was the home of Alderman Richard Spiers, Mayor of Oxford in 1853/4.

Ruskin College started life here in 1899, moving to its present site in Walton Street in 1903.

The house was taken over as accommodation for St John’s College in 2000

At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford, the former house on this site was occupied by Mrs Whalley, and its frontage is recorded as 8 yards 1 foot.

On 19 October 1813 Sir Francis Burdett, Bart. resided here at 14 St Giles' Street.

In 1820 Balliol College granted Sir Edward Hitchings a lease of 14 and 15 St Giles; Street for 40 years for a payment of £145 2s 6d. and a rent of 5s. for the former and 20s. for the latter. He moved into this house at No. 14, and lived there for five years until his death in 1825.

On 6 January 1842 Richard James Spiers wrote in his record book that he “took possession of 14 St Giles’, sleeping there for 1st time”. The 1851 census shows Spiers living in this house with his wife Elizabeth, five young children, and three house servants. He is described as a Town Councillor, and a manufacturer of fancy goods & china employing 28 persons and two apprentices: his shop was at 102 High Street.

By 1882 14 St Giles’ was occupied by Henry Nottidge Moseley (1844–1891), the Linacre Professor of Zoology from 1881 until his death. He was one of the six scientific members of staff on board the Challenger Expedition of 1872–6 and wrote Notes by a Naturalist on Board HMS Challenger.

Ruskin Hall was based here between 1900 and 1903.

Occupants of 14 St Giles’ Street listed in censuses and directories

Pre-1820

Thomas Perry

Richard Buckingham
Mrs Alice Buckingham, widow

1820–1825

Sir Edward Hitchings

1833

Lydia Sirman

1842–1874

Alderman Richard James Spiers, J.P.

1880

Thomas Hill Green
Fellow and Tutor of Balliol College

1882–1887

Professor Henry Nottidge Moseley

1890–1896

George John Wilson
Physician

1900–1903

Ruskin Hall

1905–1906

Miss Frost

1907–29

Hugh Edward Egerton
Beit Professor of Colonial History& Fellow of All Souls College
(Mrs Egerton 1928–9)

1930–1932

Arthur W. Allen

1939

St Giles Galleries Ltd
Furnishings & Decorations

1941–1947

Ernest Henry Tipping
Auctioneer, Land & Estate agent & Surveyor

Phaidon Press (1947)

1949–1964

Lofts & Warner (later Strutt & Parker Lofts & Warner)
Chartered Land agents, surveyors, auctioneers

1968–1980+

H.J. Ridge & Partners
Electrical consulting engineers

1980s/1990s

?

2000–present

Student accommodation for St John’s College

St Giles’ home

Stephanie Jenkins

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