Living memories ... shops and shopping

Posted - May 10, 1996

Reminiscences recorded as part of an adult education class in Jericho

“We had a lovely lot of little shops all owned by individual people. You went in with your penny - and turned it over three times before you could decide what you would spend it on. There was a shop on every corner. We had a church. We had the schools. We had the shops - and a lot of pubs. And even clothes. People say ‘Oh you couldn’t buy clothes’, but there was Capes in Walton Street. I know it wasn’t a big shop, and it wasn’t fashionable, but you could buy anything. And at the top of the road was a cinema, which was then called the Scala. We even had our own undertaker, Mr Shirley. Jericho was a complete village. “

Ivy Stone.

“My earliest memory of Jericho is of the dairy on the corner of Cranham Street and Albert Street. He delivered milk to the door on a motor bike and sidecar. The owner had two churns on the side car, with two measures hooked on the side, either a pint or a half pint. He used to dip in, and slop out into your jug.

“When my grandfather lived in 53 Wellington Street he was called a beer retailer. In the list of occupations in the old street directories of Jericho there were a whole crowd of beer retailers. They just sold it by the jug from their own homes.”

John Taylor

Did you know?

About the church bells?

Originally the Church only had the single ‘Barney’s Bell’. In 1890, when the clock was installed, it was decided to add a set of tubular bells to ring the chimes and the hour strike, as well as a tune or ‘carillon’. The are driven by an elaborate mechanical contraption.

The origins of Walton?

Walton is derived from “wall town” which was used centuries ago to indicate a location outside the Oxford city walls. The ancient manor of Walton was certainly in existence before the Norman conquest in 1066.