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9A, 9, & 11 Windmill Road


9 and 11 Windmill Road

 

The shop at 9A Windmill Road is the narrowest one in Headington. It was built in the driveway of No. 9 in 1955.

 

The detail (left) from an Edwardian postcard shows Nos. 9 and 11 Windmill Road when they were very new. They were a pair of matching semi-detached houses built in 1912 in the large garden of Rosslyn Villa, and were originally called Cuddesdon Villas 1 and 2.

 

The driveway of No. 9 is now occupied by No. 9A, but the driveway of No. 11 still survives. The picture below shows the three buildings in July 2007. The bay-windows on the ground-floor of Nos. 9 and 11 have been replaced by flat plate-glass shop windows. Each still has a large and a small window at first-floor level.

Time & Elegance and its neighbours

No. 9A was a photographer’s shop for six years, and then a jeweller’s shop for 45 years. From 1985 to 2007 it has been called “Time & Elegance”, and its proprietors, Jill & Frank Cummings, have been pillars of the Headington Business Association. They inaugurated the Christmas FunDay in 1985 and the Headington Christmas lights in 2000.

No. 9 was a private house until 1955. In that year planning permission was obtained to turn its two ground-floor rooms into a shop, and to build another shop, to be known as 9A, against its north side. It has since been changed from a retail shop to an estate agent, and then back to a shop again.

No. 11 remained a private house until 1961, when the long occupation of the plumber Alfred William Smith came to an end. In 1960 permission for change of use from residential to shop and/or offices refused on the grounds that

“The property is in an area zoned for residential purposes in the approved Town Map and any further extension of the business area along Windmill Road which at this point is narrow and frequently congested would be undesirable and likely to be a source of nuisance to users of the highway by reason of parked and waiting vehicles”.

Another application in 1961 (61/11080/A_H) to redevelop Nos. 9, 11, and 13 to form two small shops, a supermarket, a chiropodist and two flats was also refused. In 1962, however, permission was finally granted to turn No. 11 into a shop like its next-door neighbour. It has since changed from a retail shop to a coffee house to a hairdresser.


No. 9A

Occupier of whole building

1955

55/04735/A_H: Application for an extension to No. 9 Windmill Road to form another shop approved

1956–1962

E.A. Grant, Photographer

1962–1985

Lily Crane, Jeweller
64/15184/A_H: Application for new shop front on behalf of Lily Crane approved in 1964

1985–2007

Time & Elegance, Jewellers

2007–present

Recycled Bikes and Black Mamba Tattoos

No. 9

Ground floor occupier

Upstairs occupier (“9B”)

1913

William Morley

1928–1954

Frederick William Barnard

1955

55/04302/A_H: Application by J. Dines for change of use of two downstairs rooms to shop approved

1956

John L. Crabb

1958

Quinion Surgical Appliances

Miss J.N. Whittaker,
Chiropodist

1960

R. Wenborn & Sons, Cutlers

1962–1966

[Only Lily Crane at 9A listed]

1966

66/17134/A_H: Application by Dines & Gill for change of use from shop to estate agent’s office and formation of front and offices with separate access to first-floor offices approved

1968–1976+

Dines & Gill Ltd, Estate Agents
1974: 74/00448/A_H: Application by Dines & Gill for change of use of ground floor office to retail shop, and alteration to first-floor office lobby and office front approved

1980s

Mr Truman’s card shop
(?Pic-a-card?)

Dines & Gill, Estate Agents

Jones, Dines & Gill by 1993

1993–1998

Forget-me-Not (1998)

c.2000

Just Cards

Spire Properties

c.2001–2006

CardFair card shop

2007–present

Daisy Chain card shop

No. 11

Occupier of ground floor

1913

William Eden, Police constable

1926–1930

Edgar Tratt

1932–1960

Alfred William Smith, Plumber
1959: 59/08456/A_H and 1960: 60/08456/A_H. Permission for change of use from residential to shop and or offices refused

1962

Vacant
62/11632/A_H: Application by Metrovincial Properties Ltd for change of use from dwelling house to shop on the ground floor with flat over approved

1964–1975

Self Service Launderettes (Kelvinator Launderama)

1976

Just Plants

1977

77/00747/A_H: Application for change of use from greengrocer’s to coffee house approved; but permission does not seem to have been used

1988–1996

Hummingbird (later known as Frames & Art)
88/01441/NF: Application by R.J. Hey for change of use of first floor from residential to offices (retrospective) allowed on appeal

1999–c.2003

Headington Beds

c.2003–2009

McGills Hairdressing

2009–present

Isis Hair, now renamed Ice Hair Salon and Spa

Advertisement for A.W. Smith
Advertisement from Kelly’s Directory, 1937

This group of shops in the 1990s
9A, 9, & 11 Windmill Road in c.2000

© Stephanie Jenkins

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