11–12 Cornmarket Street: Wasabi

11-12 Cornmarket

This single shop was built in 1938/9 on the site of two narrower old shops at 11 and 12 Cornmarket. The date 1938 can be seen inscribed on the corner between the windows of the first and second floor.

The image below shows the former shops that stood on this site

11 & 12 Cornmarket

The former shops and the present building have always been in the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church.

11 and 12 Cornmarket, c.1905


The former No. 11

The Metropolitan & Birmingham Bank Ltd was here up until 1891, when it moved to its new purpose-built premises on the other side of the road at Nos. 59–61.

Lloyds Bank opened its first Oxford branch here on 1 January 1900. This was intended to be temporary, as the bank was already planning to build its new premises at 2–3 High Street.



The former No. 12

No. 12 on the corner of Market Street was left to the council by Alderman Payne after his death in 1619, with the rent of 6s. 8d. a year to pay for the repair of the constables' staves. For more information on rentals here, see H. E. Salter, Oxford City Properties, p. 253.







Right: The previous buildings at 11 & 12 Cornmarket in c.1905. On the right of the photograph is the northernmost section of the Roebuck Inn at No. 10; in the middle is the whole of No. 11 (Hamlet & Dulake's estate agent's office); and on the left is most of No.12 (Margetts’s hatter’s shop).

Occupants of 11 Cornmarket and 12 Cornmarket Street listed in directories etc.


No. 12 (left) No. 11 (right)


Alexander J. Scott
Hatter & Furrier (1839)

Phoebe Scott,
Hatter (1846)
Hatter & furrier (1852)

Scott's London Hat Warehouse (1855)

William Brown, Confectioner/biscuit maker


Edward Bartlett, Accountant


Frederick Telfer, Chemist


“Shop only” in census
(George Margetts’s business)


Frederick Margetts
Hatter & Woollen Draper
(later hatter, tailor, & outfitter)

William Perry
Chemist and Druggist


T. Hughes
Dispensing Chemist
“Agent for Felix sultana’s exquisite perfumes”


Gillman & Son
Boot & Shoe Makers

By 1890–1891

Metropolitan & Birmingham Bank Ltd
Alexander McNeil, Manager: lived on premises


William Kemp, Bookbinder
London Rubber Co (William E. Jennings, Manager)


Lloyds Bank Ltd (temporary accommodation)


Hamlet & Dulake
Auctioneers & estate agents

Herbert Dulake & Co by 1925


Oxford Clothiers


No listing

The two shops were demolished and rebuilt as a single block in 1938, with the upstairs
called the Prudential Buildings (after the Prudential Assurance Co Ltd, which occupied the offices there until 1960)


Noel Fashions


Peter Lord, shoe retailers


Bally Group shoe retailers





Upstairs from 2018: Cornmarket Street Dental Practice

11 & 12 Cornmarket Street in the censuses


No. 11: No listing.

No. 12: Alexander Scott (40), a hatter, lived here over his shop with Phebe (40), Jane (15), and Benjamin (12). Two independent men aged about 25 also lived with them.


No. 11: Fredric Telfer (43), a chemist & druggist, lived here over his shop with his wife Jemima (38) and son Fredric (14). Also living over the shop were his apprentice Isaac Price (19) and one female servant.

No. 12: The widow Phebe Scott (49) and her son Benjamin (22) lived here over their shop: both were described as hatters and hosiers. They had one servant.


No. 11: William Perry (26), a chemist & druggist, lived here over his shop with his apprentice Medmer Goodwin (36) and one servant.

No. 12: This was described as “shop only”. The proprietor, George Margetts, was then living in Headington.


No. 11: Richard Gillman (52), cordwainer, lived here over his shop with his wife Mary Ann (51) and their children Mary (25), Richard junior (21), also a cordwainer, Charles (18), a photographer, Alice (13), and Matilda (7), and their granddaughter Lydia Molyneux (9). They had one servant, and an apprentice also lived with them.

No. 12: No listing: probably part of Margetts' shop downstairs.


No. 11: Richard Gilman (62), bootmaker, still lived here with his wife Mary (61) and their five daughters: Mary (28), Rose (26), Sarah (24), Alice (21), and Matilda (17). They had one servant.

No. 12: This is again described as uninhabited. Frederick Margetts (51), the proprietor (described as a hatter & outfitter employing eight assistants and two boys) spent the night at his home at 61 James Street in east Oxford with his wife Sarah (54) and his sons Frederick Arthur (17) and Arthur George (14). They had one female servant.


No. 11 (Metropolitan & Birmingham Bank Ltd): Alex McNeil (44), bank manager, lived here with his wife Caroline (52) and his three stepdaughters Ellen Guy (27), Sarah Guy (24), and Florence Guy (21). They had one servant.

No. 12: Listed as uninhabited: probably part of Margetts shop downstairs.


No. 11: Richard Butler (63), the caretaker at Lloyds Bank, lived here over the bank with his wife Emily (63), his daughter Alice (28), who was a factory needlewoman and his sister Miss Sarah Holdar (74).

No. 12: Listed as being in occupation: probably part of Margett's shop downstairs.


No. 11: John William Nix (48), a pensioner & caretaker, lived in these four-roomed premises with his wife Alice (34).

No. 12: No listing.

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