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 201? - Present

At present this is the PIP Consultation Centre run by Independent Assessment Services. This is where people receiving disability benefits are assessed.


This was Beeline Bicycles as can be seen here

1986 - 2011

From 1986 to 2011 this was Bead Games run by Erica Steinhauer[1]. As well as beads and other craft findings and party accessories, you could hire or buy exotic and antique costumes. To stay in business Erica later stocked confectionery that resembled the beads. She also organised the Mad Hatter's Tea Parties every May in Dawson Street and tried to resist the colonisation of Dawson Street by the outdoor seating of Cafe Coco (No 23) and Kazbar (No 25) both owned (along with Cafe Tarifa No 56) by Clinton Pugh. The shop's closure was covered in an article by the Oxford Mail.

Notable residents of the flat above Bead Games (at different times over the years) have included the journalist Laurie PennyIndelicates drummer Emma-Ben Lewis, and the spoken-word poet Jay Bernard.

Shortly before it closed, Bead Games appeared in a 2011 episode of ITV's Lewis, entitled Old Unhappy Far Off Things.


Kelly's Directory 1975 to 1976 and Yellow Pages 1979 No 40 Dog Care Centre

1940s - 1960s

Kelly's Directory 1968 to 1969 No 40 Touchwood Sports Ltd
Kelly's Directory 1943 to 1966 No 40 John Thorne greengrocer

Before then?

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