6–7 Cornmarket Street: Kiehl's/Change Money/Vacant

6-7 Cornmarket in 2009

No. 6 Cornmarket (right) and No. 7 (left) were rebuilt in 1907 and designed by John R. Wilkins. The offices upstairs are called Marlborough Chambers. The Historic England image below shows the drawing by the architect John Wilkins:

These shops were in the parish of St Martin's (Carfax) until that church was demolished in 1896, whereafter they were in the parish of St Martin's & All Saints until All Saints Church was deconsecrated in 1971. They are now in the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate.

The photograph below shows the present building at Nos. 6 & 7 Cornmarket in the 1940s. On the left is Boots the Chemist in its former shop at No. 7, and on the right at No. 6 are the Stevco coal merchants.

6 & 7 Cornmarket

Former buildings on this site (to 1908)

No. 6 to the south (originally the wider of the two shops)

This had already been a tailor’s shop for many years when in the mid-1880s Arthur Shepherd moved his tailor’s business here from across the road at 62 Cornmarket Street (where he had been since 1877). Jackson's Oxford Journal of 16 October 1886 reported on the plate-glass front inserted by Shepherd.

No. 7 former building

No. 7 (originally a much narrower shop to the north)

Right: No. 7 prior to the 1840s when it was a low half-timbered building.


By 1841 Frederick Rose had opened a shop known as the Civet Cat nextdoor at 8 Cornmarket Street. On 14 October 1843 he announced that he had purchased the shop and stock of toys and fancy goods of E. T. Spiers at 7 Cornmarket and had moved here.

Rose died in 1861 and T. P. Rose took the shop over. It was later run by the Goodalls, who kept the name.



The advertisement below appeared in Hunt's Directory for 1846

Civet Cat in 1846

Prams for sale at Civet Cat

Left: Advertisement
for wicker perambulators
in Jackson's Oxford
of 1 May 1858. In February 1861 a nursemaid was charged at the City Court with “wheeling a perambulator on the pavement”.

In 1903 the Civet Cat pioneered the gramophone in Oxford. Arthur Shepherd, the tailor at No. 6, had both shops rebuilt in 1907.

Henry Taunt photographed this pair of old shops just before demolition:

  • Nos. 6 & 7 in 1907, by Henry Taunt, showing the entrance to the Golden Cross at No. 5 on the right, then Goodall & Sherratt in the former No. 6, and the Civet Cat with its name high across the front at No.  7 to the left. This photograph also appears in Michael L. Turner and David Vaisey, Oxford Shops and Shopping, page 43, photograph 93.

Present building (from 1908)

In 1907 Arthur Shepherd, the tailor at No. 6, also acquired No. 7. He moved temporarily to 109 High Street while he had the two shops rebuilt.

In 1908 Shepherd moved into No. 7, the larger of the two shops.The Civet Cat initially moved back into the smaller of the two shops on the right (No. 6), but closed about a year later..

In 1929 Arthur Shepherd amalgamated his business with that of Mr Wilton Woodward who was then operating at 110 High Street, forming Shepherd & Woodward.

In 1955 Boots the Chemist moved into Shepherd’s former shop, and remained there until 1972, when they moved into the former Roebuck Inn at 8–10 Cornmarket.

Occupants of 6 and 7 Cornmarket Street listed in directories etc.


No. 7 (left) No. 6 (right)


William Preedy, Wholesale & Retail Grocer,
Cheesemongery & Provision Dealer

(opened 7 October 1837)

Joseph Prior
Tailor (1839-1852)

Prior & Son
Tailors and Robemakers (1867–1872)

Robert Prior
Tailor & Robe maker (1880–1886)
Went bankrupt in 1886


Civet Cat Fancy Repository

Frederick Rose (1841–1861),
+ Roebuck Coach Office in 1846

T. P. Rose
Also soap maker, and perfumer

Later Rose & Stringer (to 1881)

Mrs Louisa Sophia Goodall (1890–1907)
Then Goodall & Sherratt


Arthur Shepherd, Tailor

Upstairs: J. R. Mallam & Son, Auctioneers;
J. Stewart Mallam, Chartered Accountants;

Rebuilt c.1907. Numerous additional offices were listed in Marlborough Chambers upstairs


Arthur Shepherd

Civet Cat
Goodall & Sherratt, Fancy repository


James Smith & Sons, Dyers

Stevens & Co. (later Stevco),
Coal merchants
(to 1952)


Boots Cash Chemist


James Smith & Sons, Dyers

Dental surgery


Boots The Chemist


No listing

No listing

  6A 6 7



Starbucks Coffee

West Cornwall Pasty Co


Change Money




6 & 7 Cornmarket Street in the censuses


No. 6: Joseph Prior (30), a tailor, lived here over his shop with Elizabeth (25), Joseph (6), Robert (5), Ann (3), Elizabeth (2), and Thomas (seven months). They had three female servants.

No. 7: identification uncertain. Possibly the cook James Grove (40) listed after Joseph Prior above, who lived in Cornmarket with Mary (40) and Charles (15) and had three servants.


No. 6: James Cooper (68) a tailor’s foreman, lived here with his wife Mary (60) and his son James (31), who was also a tailor, and James's wife Elizabeth (25) and daughter Alice (eleven months). They had one general servant.

No. 7 (described as the “Civet Cat”): Frederick Rose (41), an unmarried jeweller and cutler, and his brother Thomas lived here with their sister Eliza (38), who acted as their housekeeper. They had one general servant, and three students were lodging with them.


No. 6: Robert Prior (25), an unmarried tailor who employed 18 men, lived here with his sister Anne (23), who kept house for him. He also had one general servant, and his foreman, a widower of 68, also lived over the shop.

No. 7: Frederick Rose (50), a widowed toilet soap maker “&c” (described as “cabinet case makers, cutlers, jewellers & perfumers” in the PO Directory of 1841), lived here over his shop with his son Alfred (10), his daughter Mary (8), and his sister Eliza (45), who was his housekeeper. They had one house servant, and also living in the house was one of the assistants who worked in the shop, William Crake (24).


No. 6: Robert Prior, tailor, still lived over the shop, but on census night only his children Ethel (5) and Ernest (3) were at home, looked after by their cook and nursemaid.

No. 7: Thomas P. Rose, a dealer in fancy goods, lived here with his wife Eliza (32) and his niece Emma Roberts (11). He had one servant, and an assistant in his shop lodged with him.


No. 6: Robert Prior (44), a tailor who employed 14 men, lived over his shop with his wife Emma (38) and their three daughters: Ethel (15), Maud (8), and Annie (6). They had a cook and a housemaid.

No. 7: Thomas Stringer (30), a fancy warehouseman who was now a partner in Rose & Stringer, lived here over his shop with his wife Elizabeth (25) and son Albert (2), and one servant. Also living with them was Annie Hall (38), an assistant at the fancy warehouse.


No. 6: Arthur Shepherd (57), a tailor & robe maker, lived here over his shop with his wife Sarah (46) and his son Ernest (25), who was his assistant. They had one general servant.

No. 7: Louisa Goodall (50), the widowed proprietress of the fancy depository downstairs, lived here with her children Mary (18), who was her assistant, Ellen (16), and George (14). Another assistant was boarding with them, and they had two general servants.


No. 6: Described as a clothier's shop and auctioneer's office, uninhabited but in occupation.

No. 7: John Sherratt (28), a toy & fancy warehouseman and a partner in Goodall & Sherratt, lived here over his shop with his wife Mary (28) and their children John (2) and Constance (1), plus his mother-in-law Louise Goodall (61) and his brother-in-law George Goodall (23), also described as a toy & fancy warehouseman.

Rebuilt in c.1907

No listing for either shop.

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