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Harberton House

Harberton House

Harberton House (shown above in The Building News of 22 May 1908) was one of the first houses built in Harberton Mead, and the road was named after it in 1944. The accompany text reads:

HARBERTON HOUSE, HEADINGTON, OXON.
This is the residence of Mr. H. L. Eales, and the architect is Mr. Herbert Quinton, of Oxford. The plan shows the accommodation provided. The walls are of red brick, with timbered overhanging gables, the roofs being tiled. A feature of the house is the combination of the hall and drawing room with a divisional screen.

Harberton House was destroyed by fire in 1972, and Rolfe Place was built on the site.


In 1909 there were just three large houses in what is now known as Harberton Mead. To the west was Harberton House, occupied by Mrs Eales, and to the east were St Catherine’s (occupied by Arthur Wallace Pickard-Cambridge, Fellow of Balliol College) and Winshields, occupied by Francis John Haverfield, Camden Professor of Ancient History.

Most of the development of Harberton Mead took place in the period between the publication of the 1921 and 1939 Ordnance Survey maps that are shown below.

1921

Harberton Mead in 1921

1939

Harberton Mead in 1939

Initially it was not considered to be a road in its own right, but a continuation of Pullen’s Lane. The following houses had been built by 1935:

Kelly’s Directory 1935

Pullen’s Lane

Harberton Mead: South side

  • Barna Brow: Leonard Percy Lord
  • Ridgeway: Sir Alan William Pim, K.C.I.E., K.B.E., C.S.I
  • Grensward: James Leslie Brierly, M.A., D.C.L., J.P.,
    Fellow of All Souls & Chichele Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
  • Harberton House: Thomas Stuart-Menteath
    Harberton House lodge: William Cadman
  • Julianstow: Thomas F. Hobson, M.A., F.S.A., J.P. and Miss M.G. HOBSON
    The Cottage: Horace Smith, gardener to T. F. Hobson esq.

Harberton Mead: North side

  • St Catherine’s: Eustace Alex A. Joseph
  • Wester Ogil: Percy Comyn Lyon, C.S.I.
  • Thornhill: Edward S. Fry
  • Rusinurbe: Capt. Ernest K. Arbuthnot, D.S.O., R.N. (retired)

In 1942 the Air Ministry Code and Cipher School (part of the Oxford Clerk and Dispatch School) was at Harberton House in Harberton Mead.

The western part of Harberton Mead leading down to the Marston Road was originally known as Harberton Road.

The road’s old house names and modern numbering system are as follows:

 

Kelly’s Directory 1954

Kelly’s Directory 1956

 

Today

S

O

U

T

H

Barna Brow

1

 

1

Ridgway

3

 

3

White House

5

 

5

Silver How
(formerly Grensward)

7

 

7

Harberton House: Dorset House
School of Occupational Therapy
(hostel)

11: Dorset House School
of Occupational Therapy
(hostel)

 

Destroyed by fire in 1972
and replaced by Rolfe Place

Gateways

15

 

15

N

O

R

T

H

2

2: Convent of
the Assumption

Heronhill
(formerly Western Ogil)

4

4

Thornhill

6

6

St Catherine’s

8

9

Julianstow Cottage

10

10

Julianstow (three flats)

12 (three flats)

12

Milham Ford School
for Girls, Harberton Road

Milham Ford School
for Girls, Harberton Road

Oxford Brookes University
School of Health & Social Care

1 Harberton Road

1 Harberton Road

1 Milham Ford Cottages

2 Harberton Road

2 Harberton Road

2 Milham Ford Cottages

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