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Nos. 17–19: St John’s College:
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17-19 St Giles

Nos. 17, 18, and 19 (right to left in above photograph) were three separate houses until 1850.

At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford, Nos. 17, 18, and 19 were occupied respectively by Mrs Phillips, Mrs Gardiner, and Mrs Humfrey, and their frontages were measured as about 4, 7, and 6 yards.

In the 1850s it appears that the middle house lost its door, and from then until the 1920s the three houses appear to have been treated as one. From 1923 they were evidently divided into two: the two right-hand houses were given the number 17, and the left-hand house 19. Both are Grade II listed (List Entry Nos. 1369454 and 1047137 respectively. They date from the late eighteenth century.

At the time of the 1861 census, it appears that the whole group was occupied singly by Mrs Mary Harington, a clergyman’s widow of 44, and her two daughters, plus a lady’s maid, cook, and housemaid

In 1881 it was occupied by William Parratt, an organist, with his wife, five children, nurse, cook, and housemaid.

Occupants of 17–19 St Giles’ Street listed in censuses and directories
Date 17 St Giles 18 St Giles 19 St Giles

1841

Harriet Bobart
Independent

Joseph Johnson
Independent

Charlotte Hewlett
Independent

1846

Thomas Joy

1851

Miss Sarah Speakman
Proprietor of houses

Mrs Hannah Willsher
Teacher of music

Uninhabited

1860s/
1870s

17

Mrs Mary Harrington (1861)
Mrs Sargent (1866)
Mrs W.G. Yarde (1867–1876)

1880–1882

W. Parratt, B.M.

1884–1889

Rev. Robert Ewing, M.A.
Senior Tutor of St John’s College

1890–1893

Miss Rigaud

1894–1919

Miss Lightfoot

 

17

19

1923

Miss Lightfoot

Austin Lane Poole
Fellow of St John’s College,
Assistant Tutor &
Lecturer in Modern History

1927–1929

Godfrey Rolles Driver
Fellow, Tutor in Classics & Librarian, Magdalen College

1930

Christian James Fordyce
Fellow & Tutor in Classics,
Jesus College

1932

Edward Conyers Payne Larabee, MA

1934

Mrs R.H. Gretton, B.Litt., J.P.

1935–1936

John Henry Constantine Whitehead
Fellow & Tutor in Mathematics,
Balliol College

1939–1949

Miss H.M. Gamlen

Alastair H.T. Robb-Smith
Assistant Director of Pathology, Radcliffe Infirmary, & Nuffield Reader in Pathology

1952

Rev Geoffrey Lampe
Fellow & Tutor in Theology,
St John’s College

1954–1958

Brebis Bleaney
Fellow & Tutor in Physics, St John’s
Mrs B.I. Bleaney
Lecturer in Physics, St Hugh’s

Miss H.M. Gamlen

1960–1962

W.G. Moore, M.A.

1964–1969

Kenneth V. Parker
Physiotherapist

1971

E.I. Roberts
Stanley Trapich

1972–3

Queen Elizabeth House
(Institute of Commonwealth Studies) annexe

1975–1980s

Keith V. Thomas
Fellow & Tutor in History,
St John’s College

1990–today

St John’s College accommodation and offices

St Giles’ home

Stephanie Jenkins

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