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41 St Giles

41 St Giles’ Street was built in about 1700. It is a Grade II* listed building (List Entry No. 1047144) and lies in St Giles' parish.



At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford, No. 41 is recorded as being in the occupation of the Revd Mr Lowry, with its frontage measuring 11 yards 0 feet 11 inches.

Samuel Collingwood, who had been superintendant of the Clarendon Press since 1796, owned this house died here at the age of 78 on 1 January 1841 (obituary published in Jackson's Oxford Journal the next day. At the time of the 1841 census No. 41 was occupied by Ann Collingwood (aged c.70) and Samuel Collingwood junior (26), and their two servants.

Soon after the 1841 census the family let the house out to the Revd Robert Walker, but whose tenancy expired on 25 March 1849. A week later on 31 March 1849 a forthcoming sale by public competition of eight houses that had belonged to Samuel Collingwood was announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal. No. 41 was included and was described thus:

All that very substantial Stone-built FREEHOLD RESIDENCE, the front inclosed with iron palisades, and situate in St. Giles’s-street, formerly occupied by the late Saml. Collingwood, Esq. and lately by the Rev. R. Walker, whose tenancy expired at Lady Day last; containing entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, six principal bed rooms, water closet on landing, nursery, three servants’ bed rooms, with back staircase thereto, large kitchen, wash-house, brew-house, yard, and all other suitable domestic offices, with capital and extensive cellarage in the basement; also a large walled flower and fruit garden attached.  

Alderman William Ward appears to have bought the house, and he and his family lived here for about seventy years. At the time of the 1851 census, Ward is described as a coal and slate merchant employing seven men: he and his wife had eight children aged between one and eighteen, and they were looked after by three servants. In 1861 four of the children were still at home, and another son had been born in the intervening ten years. By 1881 Mrs Ward had died but William (aged 74) shared the house with his five spinster daughters and three servants. He died in 1889, and at the time of the 1891 census the house was occupied by his daughters Ann, Sarah, Eliza, Edith, and Alice, and their two servants. The Misses Ward continued to reside here until 1916.

It ceased to be a private house in 1928.

Occupants of 41 St Giles’ Street listed in censuses and directories

To 1841

Samuel Collingwood


Revd Robert Walker


William Ward, Esq, Alderman, J.P. (1851–1889)

Miss Ward (1890–1916)


No listing


Miss M.V. Nugent
(with Miss J.E. Rabbe listed at 41B in 1924–1926, and Mrs Saunders in 1927)


H.M. Inspector of Taxes
(with Post Office Engineering Department at 41B in 1928–1930,
Miss Starkie 1934 onwards)


Oxford Society

Oxford University Women’s Appointments Committee

Delegacy of Lodgings

+ Indian Civil Service Delegacy and Colonial
Administrative Service Course (1939 only)


Oxford Emergency Medical Service
Oxford Division Medical War Committee
+ Civil Nursing Reserve (from 1943) and
British Red Cross Society (1945)


Oxford University Committee for Appointments
Oxford University Women’s Appointments

+ Postgraduate Medical Education Committee (1947 only)
and Oxford Society (1947–1949 only)


Oxford University Appointments Committee


University of Oxford Mathematics Institute Annexe


Theology Faculty Annexe and Library


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