A History of the Oxfam Shop Buildings in Middle Row

Jill Campbell / Peter Bentley

The Oxfam Shop: this more recent image replaces the one which was originally published on this page
Peter Bentley

To mark the 50th anniversary of Oxfam in the building in Middle Row, Peter Bentley, who is voluntary admin manager at the shop, has produced an updated edition of his booklet on the history of the building and has given us permission to reproduce it here. Please click the link below to view or download the booklet.

[Note:- This booklet replaces the 40th anniversary booklet, which is no longer available here. Ed.]

This page was added on 30/04/2012.

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  • Anyone have a photo of ivy house antiques, with the stuffed bear outside?

    By Paul (09/11/2022)
  • I was always told my Mums family lived where the Oxfam shop is now. My Mums family name was Stokes. She and her brothers and sisters lived there in the 1920’s .They went to St.Nicholas school at the bottom of the Avenue.

    By Peter Stokes (03/08/2020)
  • John Buckingham (born 1802) had the pub from 1852, and still had it in the 1871 census. By 1874 his son Charles had taken over, and ran the pub with his wife Margaret until 1895, when he died. In 1897 Margaret was the Licence holder and had the pub until 1904, when J F Newberry took over. Acres was born 1878 and was living at the pub in 1891 and 1901 with his Grandparents Charles and Margaret.

    By andrew briars (06/07/2020)
  • I was told by my father that our family ran the Buckingham Palace in Middle Row. His father was Acres Buckingham (known to his friends and associates as “cutie”) who opened a hairdressers shop at 102 high street around 1901 (A. Buckingham and sons) later run by his sons Reg (my father) and Ernie. I would be fascinated to know what relation Acres was to John Buckingham as it’s likely that I was named after him.

    John Buckingham.

    By John Buckingham (06/01/2020)