Oxford History: The High


8: Vacant

8 High Street

No 8 is a very narrow building squeezed in between two much wider ones.

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. According to H. E. Salter, No. 8 was then in the occupation of a Mr Slatter, and its frontage measured just 4 yards 0 feet 7 inches.

This building was in the parish of All Saints until that church was deconsecrated in 1971. It is now in the parish of St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church.

At the time of the 1851 census, Esther Furley, the widow of the poulterer who used to have this shop, lived upstairs with two servants.

In 1861 the house upstairs was occupied by the architect Charles Buckler and his wife in 1861. No one was living there in 1871.

In 1881, the surveyor and auctioneer John B. Hobdell (one of the partners in the ground-floor premises) lived upstairs with his 15-year-old schoolboy son.

In 1901 Stephen King, who sold china and glass, lived over his shop with his wife and baby son. In 1911 he was still here in the five rooms over his shop with his wife and two children, plus a servant.

Occupiers of 8 High Street

1839, 1846

John Furley, Poulterer

By 1852–1872

John Fisher, Surveyor, auctioneer, & builder


Fisher & Hobdell, Auctioneers, builders, & surveyors


H. Harris, Fancy bazaar


S. King & Son, China & glass warehouse


Crombey Ltd, Outfitters


Woollon Curtains (from 1987)
Music Market (upstairs) (in 1980)


Reed Employment, Employment Bureau


Oxford Experience souvenirs (originally University Gift & Candy)



©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 25 December, 2020

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