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?

What kind of households we have?

According the to 2011 Census, almost half of Jericho households – 46% – consisted of only one person, 24% consisted of couples with or without children, 7% were student households, and 11% were other multi-person households, while 6% were single-parent households.

Who has a car?

According to the 2001 Census, only 47% of Jericho households have a car compared with 67% for Oxford as a whole.