61–62 Holywell Street

61-62 Holywell Street

Grade II Listed Building: List Entry Number 1047240. This pair of houses has a three-storeyed stone front dating from c.1700. No. 62 has an original fireplace.

Owned by New College, then Merton College.

No. 61 was advertised thus on 30 September 1843:

To be LET, with immediate possession. — No. 61, HOLYWELL-STREET, OXFORD, a most convenient and well-arranged DWELLING HOUSE; containing parlour, drawing room, three bed rooms, two attics, wine and beer cellars, paved yard, and all other suitable offices. The rooms have been newly painted and papered, and the premises are in perfect repair. Rent very moderate. — Apply to Mr. Pike, auctioneer, &c. 38, Queen-street.

An auction of the contents of No. 61 was advertised in Jackson's Oxford Journal of 21 January 1860: these included a Pembroke table, a chiffonière, a full-compass cottage pianoforte in a rosewood case, a dumb waiter, Brussels carpets, a wheel baromoeter, fine prints and oil paintings in rich frames, and mahogany four-poster beds.

In December 1976 planning permission was granted to New College to convert these two houses from four maisonettes to student accommodation (76/01002/AH_H).

By 1995 this pair of houses belonged to Merton College.

61–62 Holywell Street in the censuses


The 1841 census for Holywell does not give house numbers, but it is possible to deduce where people listed that year lived by examining directory entries between 1839 and 1842 and later censuses

No. 62
Thomas Jackson, described as a cook, lived in Holywell Street with Elizabeth Jackson and Ellen Garlick, plus a female servant and two student lodgers, and it seems likely it was in this house.


No. 61
John Jones
(45), a college servant, lived here with his wife Mary (35) and their children John (11), George (10), Thomas (7), and William (3). They had an undergraduate lodger and one servant.

No. 62: Thomas D. Jackson (37), the cook of Exeter College, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (32) and their children Ellen (9), Henrietta (7), William (5), and Henry (2). They had a graduate lodger and two servants.


No. 61
Henry Kilbee
(46), the London-born butler of Oriel College, lived here with his wife Harriet (43) and their children Percival (14) and Thomas (11), and his widower brother-in-law Hance Slatter (72).

No. 62
Sarah Perkins
(55), an unmarried house proprietor, lived here with her brother William Francis (50), who was an University Bailiff, and her sister Maria (43). They had one female servant.


No. 61
Henry Kilbee
(36), the butler of Oriel College, still lived here with his wife Harriet (53) and their children Percival (24), who was a mariner, and Thomas (22), who was an accountant. They had one servant.

Purdue's Yard is listed between Nos. 61 and 62, and this was occupied by the widowed housekeeper Mary ?Hosiere and her son William (24), who worked as a servant.

No. 62
Sarah Perkins
 (66) still lived here with her sister Maria (53). They had one servant.


No. 61

No. 62
Maria Perkins (63), a fundholder, lived here with her brother William Francis Perkins (71), who was an Oxford University Bailiff. They had one general servant.


No. 61
George Mullins (48), a college clerk, lived here with his wife Eliza (43) and his children Edith (14) and Frank (11). They had a 16-year-old servant girl.

No. 62
Miss Maria Perkins (73), who was living on her own means, was still here, alone with one servant.


Both unoccupied


No. 61
William Huckerby
(58), a lodging-house keeper, lived here with his wife Mary (60) and his unmarried daughter Mary (30) and widowed son Robert (26), who was a bricklayer.

No. 62
Bessie Cook (47), a widowed boarding-house keeper, lived here with her son Albert (20), an electrical engineer, her daughter Violet (19), a typist, and her widowed mother Mrs Elizabeth Green (81). They had two visitors.

Occupants of 61–62 Holywell Street listed in directories etc.


No. 62 (left)

No. 61 (right)

Survey of Oxford

Frontage: 5 yds 0 ft 3 in
Mr Collis

Frontage: 5 yds 0 ft 6 in
Mr Chettoe


Thomas Davis Jackson
Cook of Exeter College

William Thurland
Cook of New College
(but Jones listed in 1851 census)


Variously William Francis Perkins
or his elder sister
Miss Sarah Perkins
or his younger sister
Miss Maria Perkins
House proprietor

Henry Kilbee or Kilby




George Mullins



Mrs Grenfell



Mrs Bessie Cooke
University lodging house

No listing


William Huckerby


Nathaniel Micklem


Lelio Stampa, M.A.,
Lecturer at Exeter College


Bernard C. Gotch

T. W. J. Taylor
Fellow of Brasenose College


Harold S. Glyde, B.Sc.

Mrs N. H. Alcock, M.B.E.


Harry Raymond Ing
Univ. Lecturer in Chemical Pharmacology


No listing


Philip Dixon Watson, M.A., D.Phil.
Fellow of Merton College


Laurence W. Hanson, M.A., B.Litt.

Dennis Shaw
Fellow of Keble College


David Faulkner


Terence McCann

No listing


62: No listing
62A: Russell G. Poole


Peter J. Cameron

(with: Russell G. Poole at 69A in 1972)


62:     Roger J. Van Schaick
62A:   Kenneth P. Tod


Merton College annexe

Holywell home

© Stephanie Jenkins

Oxford History home