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16 High Street

The present Nos. 13–16 High Street were built in 1773–4 by John Gwynn to form the frontage to the new covered market and were known as “New Parade”. Nos. 13, 14, and 15 are jointly Grade II listed (List Entry No. 1369376, numbered as 12–15). This shop at No. 16 is separately Grade II listed (List Entry No. 1047270). The four shops forming the original market front were in the parish of All Saints until that church was deconsecrated in 1971. They are now in the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church.

There is an avenue into the market in the centre of this group between Nos. 14 and 15, and one each side: the easternmost entrance is shown above right.


Morley & Company (linen & woollen drapers, silk mercers, haberdashers) had this shop at 16 High Street until early 1839, but on 9 February 1839 they advertised a sale of their stock in Jackson's Oxford Journal “in consequence of being obliged to leave the premises they now occupy”.

London & County Bank (1842–1868)

The London & County Joint Stock Banking Company reported in December 1842 that at the close of that half-year three new branches had been successfully opened, one of which was at Oxford, “where the respectable Bank of Davenport Walker & Co. has merged with the London & County Bank”.

At the time of the 1851 census the manager of the bank, Captain Henry Strong, lived upstairs with his wife, his daughters Henrietta (20), Emily Frances (10), Marion (8), Ethel (5), and three general servants. Emily Frances Strong became a writer on art, and ten years later she married Mark Pattison, the Rector of Lincoln College, who was 27 years her senior. (It has been suggested that their relationship inspired that of Casaubon and Dorothea in George Eliot’s Middlemarch.)

The upstairs premises were unoccupied in 1861. The London & County Bank (later the National Westminster) moved to its present large premises on the corner of Alfred Street in 1868.


The upstairs premises were still unoccupied in 1871, and were probably offices.

Slatter & Rose
Reproduced from an F. Frith & Co postcard

 

 

The booksellers Slatter & Rose had to move out of Nos. 2 & 3 High Street in the summer of 1900 because that shop was about to be demolished to make way for the new Lloyds Bank building.

The extract from an F. Frith & Co postcard on the left shows their shop in 1907.

Slatter & Rose remained in this shop until 1956.

The guest rooms of the Mitre Hotel next door extended over this shop, so there was no listing for it in the 1911 census.

 

The shop was a newsagents until 1976, and then split into the two smaller shops here today.

Occupiers of 16 High Street since 1830

1839

Morley & Company, Drapers (very short period: moved to No. 12 in April)

1842–1867

London & County Bank

1869

H. Adamson, Draper

1871

G. M. Webb

1875–1887

Mappin & Webb, Cutlers and electro-platers

1889–1900

Frank Edward Webb, Jeweller, silversmith and cutler, Agent for Mappin & Webb, Gun maker and optician

1901–1956

Slatter & Rose Ltd., Booksellers

1958–1967

Wymans, Newsagents

1968–1973

John Menzies, Newsagents

1975

Planning permission 75/00082/LA_H granted to turn this shop into two

 

Left of No. 16

Right of No. 16

1976–1987+

Athena Reproductions

Brook Street Bureau

By 1993–1998

Tecno shop

2000–2007

Jessops Photography

2007–2017

Pia

2018–2020

Rohan

Vacant office

2021–

To be Senli Cash & Go

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 27 May, 2021

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