No. 42: Dentist’s Surgery

42 St Giles


The front of No. 42 St Giles dates from the nineteenth century. It is a Grade II listed building (ref. 1485/513)

This house appears to have no doorway. In fact the door on the left (which looks as though it belongs to No. 43 to the south) leads here.

At the time of the 1772 Survey of Oxford, No. 42 was occupied by Miss Wheeler, and its frontage measured 7 yards 1 foot 9 inches.

In the 1841 and 1851 censuses this house was occupied by Ann Stevens, a widow of 80 by 1851 and described as a proprietor of houses.

In 1881 Thomas C. Browne (a clergyman without cure of souls) lived here with his wife and his cousin, plus four servants.

The building was then a dentist’s until late in 1955, when the Registration Office for Births, Marriages, and Deaths moved here (from across the road at No. 13). Within months what is probably its most famous marriage took place: C.S. Lewis married Joy Davidman here on 23 April 1956. The office moved to the Westgate on 1 December 1975

The building (which is next door to the Friends’ Meeting House) then became a Quaker shop. For just a year it was a Catholic College called St Bede’s Hall, then in 2011 it became a dentist’s surgery again.

Occupants of 42 St Giles’ Street listed in censuses and directories
1841–6 Mrs Ann Stevens
1861–72 S. Bridgewater
(Mrs Bridgewater only from 1866)
1875–87 Rev. Thomas C. Browne
1889 Colonel A’Court
1890–1932 William Geekie
Dental Surgeon
(Mrs Geekie from 1926)
1934–55 Miss Dorothy Smith
Dental Surgeon
1955–75 Registration Office for Births, Deaths, & Marriages
By 1980–2007 Oxford Quaker Shop
2008–2009 University of Oxford departments:
Department of International Development
International Gender Studies Centre
Young Lives Research Project
2009–2010 St Bede’s Hall
Catholic college, closed end of 2010
2011– Alastair Nash BDS and Wendy Nash BDS FDSRCS(Eng)
Dentists and Practice Owners


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Last updated: 7 December, 2011