No 1 King Street

Image:Jenny Barsley

Posted - October 02, 1996

Former grain store

Number 1 King Street, on the corner with Jericho Street, is one of half a dozen that used to stand in this short street. Originally the building was a grain store for the miller who lived opposite. The original chutes are still there but are buried beneath the road. After the store fell into disuse the house became a warehouse - mainly for broken pianos. The people who lived in the Victorian houses where Grantham House now stands used to collect pieces of piano to burn in their open fires.

Around 16 years ago the building was converted to a house. Since it was a one-story building an additional floor was inserted. However because of the positioning of the large window on one side of the building this floor actually cuts across it - another unusual feature of this unique house. At the back there is a beautifully kept garden with a lily pond surrounded by a high wall.

Author: Jenny Barsley

Did you know?

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.

Why Hart Street?

Hart Street was named after the Printer to the University 1883-1915.