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?

The history of the Phoenix?

There has been a cinema here since 1913. Orginally it the ‘North Oxford Kinema’, since when it has passed through many hands and names, including the Scala, the New Scala, the Studios 1 and 2, Studio X (a club showing soft porn) and finally in 1977 the Phoenix.

What St Barnabas Church cost to build?

Thomas Combe the Superin­tendent of OUP and it was he who commissioned and paid for the construc­tion of the church in 1869 at a cost of £6,492. All the interior fittings were provided for about £900. The campanile was erected in 1872 for £800.