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No. 36: Vacant


36 St Giles

Nos. 36 is on the left-hand side of a terrace of three houses (34, 35, and 36 St Giles’ Street). They are jointly Grade II listed (List Reference No. 1047141) and They lie in St Giles' parish.

The block is nine bays wide and three storeys high, with attics and basements.

The Oxford builder Daniel Evans designed and built this house and its two adjoining neighbours in 1828/9 on a large plot of land leased for 99 years from the Oxford surgeon John Bull. Evans let this house out to private tenants.

In 1933 all three houses were sold by Exeter College to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oxford.

No. 36 became the Christian Science Reading Room in 1932.

No. 36 was sold with vacant possession and D1 planning consent in 2004.

The church behind these premises remains: it is numbered 36A and now includes the reading room.

 

34-36 St Giles

At the time of the 1841 census No. 36 was occupied by Caroline Dupuis (aged c.70), Mary Dupuis (aged c.30), and their four servants. Jackson's Oxford Journal of 9 July 1842 advertised a forthcoming auction of all the household furniture and effects of Mrs Dupuis, who was leaving.

In 1851 it was occupied by Mrs Mary Ann Crouch, a widow of 70 described as a fundholder, and her 41-year-old daughter, Miss Mary Ann Hancock, plus a cook and a housemaid. They were both still in the house ten years later, when they also had a resident groom.

This building also seems to have been used by John Cross as a Boys’ School, according to the Post Office Directory of 1847.

The Revd Edward Tindal Turner, the Vice-Principal of Brasenose College, moved here in 1875, and in the census of 1881 can be seen with his wife and four servants: he lived here for 41 years.

In 1928 No. 36 ceased to be a family home and was converted into a hostel for Exeter College.

In 1932 First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oxford moved into No. 36, and the following year they purchased the group of three houses at 34–36 St Giles’ from Exeter College. They used No. 36 as their Reading Room, and built their church in the back garden of Nos. 35 and 36. In 2003/4 a new Reading Room was built in the grounds of the church, and No. 36 was sold.

On 18 January 2017 permission was granted to Jeremy Mogford for “Change of use from offices (Use Class B1) to ancillary hotel accommodation (Use Class C1) to create 5no. ancillary suites for the Old Parsonage Hotel” (16/03032/FUL) and building work is now underway.

Occupants of 36 St Giles’ Street listed in censuses and directories

1841–1846

Rev. Richard Michell
(but occupied by Caroline Dupuis in 1841–1842)

1847

John Cross: Boys’ School

1852–1866

Mrs Mary A. Crouch

1867–1871

Miss Hancock

1875–1916

Rev Edward Tindal Turner, Fellow of Brasenose, University Registrar to 1896
Mrs Turner (1912–16)

1918–1928

Henry Le Blanc Lightfoot, Bursar of Corpus Christi College
Mrs Le Blanc Lightfoot (1926–8)

1929–1932

Exeter College Hostel

1932–2003

Christian Science Reading Room

2004–2019

Infinite Ideas
(with Mogford Ltd upstairs)

2020–2021

Vacant
Being converted to a hotel

St Giles’ home

Stephanie Jenkins

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