Oxford History: The High


94: Quod Restaurant

94 High Street

No. 94 on the corner of Magpie Lane was rebuilt in 1902 to a new design by Stephen Salter. Part of the original seventeenth-century house survives, including some ceiling beams and a fireplace.

The new building is an imitation of a sixteenth-century house, which explains the coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth I between the windows on the second floor. It has always been in the parish of St Mary-the-Virgin.

It became part of the Old Bank in c.1990, and is now the restaurant of the Old Bank Hotel. It is Grade II* listed, but jointly with No. 1 Magpie Lane rather than with the rest of the Old Bank (List Entry No. 1369388).

According to H. E. Salter, at the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford there were two houses on the site of No. 94: Mr Fowle to the east with a frontage of 8 yards 0 feet 2 inches, and Mr. Fletcher to the west with a frontage of 3 yards 2 feet 0 inches.

An Oriel plan of 1814 shows that the former No. 94 was then occupied by a Mr Sykes.

Occupants of the old shop on this site in the censuses

  • 1841 and 1851: The Scottish bookseller Thomas Macpherson lived here with one servant
  • 1861 & 1871: The photographer John G. Miller lived here with his family
  • 1881: Henry Druce, a solicitor, lived with his wife, niece, and one servant over the bookshop below
  • 1901: Thomas Coombes, a college servant, lived over the bootmaker’s shop below.

Drawing by Salter

94 High Street in about 1905


In 1902 the old shop was demolished and a new building with a half-timbered frontage, designed by Stephen Salter, was erected on the site (see Jackson's Oxford Journal of 14 June 1902).

The first occupant of the new shop was the stationer Joseph Vincent.

Hall Brothers, tailors, had moved in by 1909, and the above postcard, with Stephen Salter's initials in the bottom left-hand corner, dates from around that time. The photograph on the left also shows the building when it was Hall's tailor's shop.

From 1932 to 1990 it was a university lodging house on all floors.


Occupiers of 94 High Street

Grey background = former house on this site


William Andrew Dicks
Cabinet maker


Francis Macpherson


J. G. Miller
Photographer & antiquarian [1859–1876]

G. Shrimpton
Bookseller & stationer


Flack & Smith
Boot makers


Joseph Vincent, Stationer


Hall Bros, Tailors


University Lodging House
Run by Joseph Ernest Ham until 1943,
then by the Misses Ham


Barclays Bank PLC (Old Bank)


Quod Restaurant

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 8 September, 2021

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