Living memories ... shops and shopping

Reminiscences recorded as part of an adult education class in Jericho

Posted - May 10, 1996

“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?

Why Hart Street?

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

How religious we are?

In the 2001 Census, some 50% of Jericho residents said they were Christian, 2.2% Muslim, 1.9% Buddhist and 1.2% professed other religions, while 34% of people said they had no religion. In Oxford as a whole the proportion with no religion was 24%.