Nos. 32 and 33/33A: Annexe of Blackfriars

32, 33, & 33A St Giles

Nos. 32 (the pink house on the right) and 33 (the wider house on the left) date from about 1800, but were extensively rebuilt in the 1970s. They are each Grade II listed (List Entry Nos. 1369417 and 1068561) and lie in St Giles' parish.

No. 33 was occupied from 1831 to 1884 by the Bridgwater family, and beside it was a narrow passage widening out to Bridgwater’s Yard, which was occupied by three separate businesses.

No. 32

At the time of the 1841 census, No. 32 was occupied by the elderly maltster William Burrows and his two servants.

In 1851 it was occupied by the baker & confectioner Charles Johnson, who lived over the shop with his wife and two young daughters, and a 14-year-old apprentice.

On 10 October 1853 Mr Pusey obtained a twenty-year lease of the property from St John's College.

On 29 September 1855 in Jackson's Oxford Journal, the forthcoming auction of this property was advertised, with this description:

A DWELLING HOUSE, adjoining the above-mentioned [No. 31, sold at the same time], containing two sitting rooms, three bedrooms, water closet, kitchen, and scullery; capital front shop, with bake-house, twelve-bushel oven, and other conveniences, in the occupation of Mr. Pusey, baker, at a rental of £30 per annum.

In 1881 the building was occupied by another baker & confectioner, the widow Mrs Elizabeth Grace, and her daughter, her unmarried sister, two confectioner’s assistants, a young baker of 15, and their servant. She was still living here in 1891.

No. 33

At the time of the 1841 census, No. 33 (which then included the part of the house later known as 33A) was occupied by the furniture broker William Bridgwater.

On 15 November 1845 a forthcoming auction of this house was advertised thus in Jackson's Oxford Journal:

That very desirable FAMILY HOUSE, No. 33, St. Giles's, Oxford. The premises are modern built, with Bath stone front, and are inclosed with iron palisades, approached by a flight of steps, having on the ground floor a front lofty dining room, fitted up with handsome marble chimney piece, 18½ ft. by 15 ft.; a breakfast parlour or housekeeper's room, 14 ft. by 13 ft.; butler's pantry, and other conveniences, with bed room over, and back staircase to the same; two water closets, &c. On the first floor is a noble front drawing room, fitted up with elegant marble chimney piece, &c. 21 ft. by 18 ft.; and lofty bed chamber at the back, 14 ft. by 13 ft. On the second floor, two principal bed chambers and large dressing room. On the third floor, three comfortable bed chambers, having each a fire place. The domestic apartments, in the basement, are conveniently arranged, and consist of a capital front kitchen, 13 feet by 17 feet, with entrance from the area; back kitchen, excellent arched wine, beer, and coal cellars, &c. &c. the whole well supplied with water.

At the back of the premises a neat pleasure garden, a detached coach-house, stable, with loft, and man's sleeping room over, with back entrance to the same, and other offices. The whole has been recently fitted up at considerable expence, as is in every respect fit for occupation.

The premises are held by lease for the remainder of a term of 99 years, subject to a ground rent of 22l. per annum.—Land Tax redeemed.

William Bridgwater still occupied this house at the time of the 1851 census, described as a furniture broker employing two men and two porters; Gardner’s Directory of 1852 also describes him as a Bath chair owner. He lived in the house with his wife Ann, his three daughters, and son William. He gave up the business at Michaelmas 1857, and the house was advertised to let in Jackson's Oxford Journal of 22 August 1857:

To Cabinet Makers, Upholsterers, General Furniture Dealers, Ironmongers, etc.

TO be LET, immediately,—The SHOP, large and convenient WARE ROOM, WORK SHOPS, &c., in St. Giles's-street, Oxford, occupied the last 26 years by William Bridgwater, who is now giving up business. This would be found an unusually advantageous opportunity for an enterprising man, as the commanding situation of the premises, and the well-established connection in the University, City, and adjoining Counties, would ensure a greatly extended trade. A Yard and Warehouses near may be continued, at a low rent, if desired.

On 3 July 1858 William Bridgwater announced his retirement, and his brother John Bridgwater took over his business at 33 St Giles' Street. He can be seen here at the time of the 1861 census with his wife Sarah and son John. By 1881 John Bridgwater junior was an upholsterer & cabinet maker here, with his wife, four sons, two daughters, and a servant.

In 1891 the house furnisher George Blake (40) lived her over his shop with his wife, sister, nephew, and niece.

No. 33A

The left-hand section of No. 33 is first described as 33A in 1857, when Charles Taphouse moved here following a fire at his shop in Broad Street.

The 1861 census shows Thomas Newton, a dealer in china & glass, living at No. 33A with his wife and five young children.

In 1891 Alfred Thomas Walker, the glass & china dealer here, lived over his shop with his wife and three children.

The three houses were occupied by a bank from 1977 to 2018.

In April 2019 a planning application by nearby Blackfriars was approved:

  • “Change of use of a bank (Use Class A2) with ancillary residential unit on third floor to a mixed use comprising retail unit (Use Class A1) on the ground floor and monastic, university hall and administration spaces (Use Class Sui Generis) on the ground floor, first and second floors and student accommodation (Use Class Sui Generis) on the third floor. Associated external alterations including changes to windows and doors to the rear and northern side elevations, replacement timber sash windows throughout and 4no. air conditioning units to the rear” (19/00437/FUL)

The building work was completed by the end of 2019:

Occupants of 32, 33, & 33A St Giles' Street listed in censuses and directories


32 St Giles

33 St Giles

33A St Giles



W.  E. Burrows

William Bridgwater
Furniture broker / Bath chair owner (1831–1857)

John Bridgwater & Son
Appraisers, brokers &c., later Cabinet makers & upholsterers

Part of shop
next door



Mrs Maria Vaughan



Charles Johnston
Baker & Confectioner


Mr Pusey

Charles Taphouse
moved his music shop here in April 1857, following the fire at his premises at 10 Broad Street, and remained until September1858


George Grace
Baker & Confectioner
(Mrs Grace from 1872)

Thomas Newton
China & glass dealer


George Blake & Co.
Cabinet makers

Alfred Thomas Walker
China & glass warehouse
from 1887



William F. Payne

Mrs W. F. Payne

G. E. Payne


Norman E. E. Minty


Miss E. B. Green
Pastry cook & confectioner


Dobson & Bing
(later F.G. Bing & Son)
Furnishers, cabinet makers, & upholsterers


Jaeger House







Child & Co (William & Glyn’s Bank Ltd)

By 1993–

Royal Bank of Scotland


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