No. 6 King Street

The building when occupied by a furniture workshop
The building when occupied by a furniture workshop
Image:Jenny Barsley

Posted - March 02, 1999

The building that now houses Art Jericho

The earliest mention we can find of this building is from 1871 when a Mr Soden had a chimney-sweeping business here. Later from 1889-97 the building was owned by a builder named J. Baker. He then sold it to Mick Tysall who kept horses and used No. 6 as a repair workshop for early motor cars.

In 1910 it was taken over by the Faulkner brothers who started a bicycle business (surprisingly, also selling fruit and vegetables). The grandson of one of these men, Mr Bill Faulkner, took over after his grandfather’s death and continued the bicycle business, combining this with motorcycles, using 55 Walton Street as a shop frontage. He tells me that he used to keep old penny-farthing bikes upstairs above his workshops and still has one at his home at Church Hanborough.

In 1983 Faulkners moved to Botley Road. The shop at the front was sold to what is now Cycle King and No. 6 was sold to furniture designer Lucinda Leech. Lucinda, who lived in Walton Street, made the distinctive modern frontage and used the ground floor as her workshop where with a team of craftsmen she produces beautiful custom-made modern furniture. She let out the upper floor to Mr Robert Clark, an antiquarian bookseller.

Since 2009, the ground floor has been occupied by Art Jericho.

Author: Jenny Barsley

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.