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Carfax Buildings, 1–7 Old High Street


Carfax Buildings

The above range of shops in Old High Street was built in the mid-1920s and was originally Nos 1–5 Carfax Buildings High Street.

The old address of the shops matches the current occupants as follows:

  • 1 and 2 Carfax Buildings: now 1 Old High Street, and part of Chancellor’s Estate Agents
  • 3 & 4 Carfax Buildings: now 3 & 5 Old High Street, and occupied by La Croissanterie
  • 5 Carfax Buildings: now 7 Old High Street, and occupied by Monaco.

The photograph below, dating from the mid-1920s, shows that the original occupant of 1 Carfax Buildings was the Oxfordshire Farmers Bacon Factory Ltd, and the end of the word “tobacconist” can be seen on the blind next door.

Site of Carfax Buildings in 1920s

In the 1940s when Old High Street was renumbered, the shops took that address and ceased to be known as Carfax Buildings. Old High Street was renumbered twice more (in the 1950s and in 1970), and there were minor adjustments here.

The shop on the right of the group of four has been attached to 107 London Road on the corner since the 1940s, when Wild & Steele, the wireless engineers who had a shop on the London Road since 1934, expanded around the corner. In 1990 Chancellor’s Estate Agents obtained planning permission to change both shops from A1 (retail) to Class 2 (estate agent): 90/00952/NF.

1 & 2 Carfax Buildings became part of 107 London Road in 1953 and are dealt with there.

Date

7 Old High Street

5 Carfax Bldgs
and also formerly
9 Old High Street

5 Old High Street

4 Carfax Bldgs
and also formerly
7 Old High Street

3 Old High Street

3 Carfax Bldgs
and also formerly
5 Old High Street

1927–
1928

Headington Wireless Stores
(Henry G. Wild)

Miss Phyllis
Norah Eyles

later the Misses Eyles & Pledge
Ladies’
hairdressers

Arthur George 
Benson

Dairyman

1929

Gardner & Stone
Butchers

1930

1935–
1936

Miss G.M. Durham
Fruiterer

Buckell & Ballard
Estate Agents

 

1945–
1952

Bollom’s of Bristol Ltd
Dry cleaners

1954

W. J. Berry& Sons
Bakers

1956–
1967

Bollom’s of Bristol Ltd
Dry cleaners

Berry’s Bakery

1968

1976

Miranda

1980

?

1983

Ragtag

?

1989

 

?

1995

?

Pergola Patisserie

By 1996–
present

Monaco

La Croissanterie

Wild & Steele

Above: Advertisement for Wild & Steele in The Windmill (the magazine of
Headington County Primary School in Windmill Road), Summer 1953

© Stephanie Jenkins

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