Our Store Departments

Accessories, Umbrellas and Bags

Bedding and Bath Linens

Cookshop and Kitchen Electricals

Cosmetics

Gifts

Haberdashery

 

Household Essentials

Luggage

Pharmacy

Tableware

Tourist

Toys and Games

1738 Tea Room

Accessories, Umbrellas and Bags

Where: Ground Floor

accessories

Rain or shine, summer or winter; you’ll find what you need here.

We have a wide selection of handbags, both synthetic and real leather. We have greatly extended our range of canvas bags from Troop and backpacks from Healthy Back Bag. We offer a wide range of both gents and ladies small leather goods as well as our hosiery and seasonal accessories.

2013 was a bumper year for our rainwear, umbrellas and accessories ranges and although we hope the weather will be better this year, if not you will be able to make a fashion statement with bright and colourful designs from range of Fulton umbrellas. Our 2014 season and is looking lighter and brighter than ever before so please come in a take a look around.

Bedding and Bath Linens

Where: Second Floor

bedding

Sheets, pillows, duvets, covers, towels and much more.

For your comfort in the bedroom, our wide array of bedding includes pillows from Fogarty value synthetic ranges through to luxurious fine bedding natural goose down, mattress toppers and protectors, and duvet covers and sheets ranging from poly-cotton right through to luxury 100% cotton products. We have many well-known brands such as Fogarty, Fine Bedding Company, Christy and Belledorm. For your bathroom needs, we have towels, scales and many other accessories.

Cookshop and Kitchen Electricals

Where: Basement

cookshop

An Aladdin’s cave of over six thousand types of kitchen gadget.

From the enthusiastic home cook to the professional chef, from the home cupcake maker to the master baker, our cookshop has everything you need and more. From gadgets and kitchen tools to kettles and toasters, saucepans to bakeware, bread bins to cooks’ knives, this “Aladdin’s’ Cave” of home delights will enthuse and inspire. Packed with top brands like Bodum, Stellar, Brabantia and Global knives to name but a few and all at incredibly competitive prices. Your one stop shop for a feast of kitchen and home delights.

Meet Our Staff

Emma cookshopEMMA

Emma has worked for Boswells for 24 years. Currently the Cookshop Stock Controller in a very busy cookshop stockroom after many years working on the shop floor.

About Work - My favourite thing about working here is I get to see all the new products before they go out on to the shop floor, I also have a very handsome manager (he told me to say that!), Boswells has a friendly atmosphere & over the years workmates have become good friends.

About Life - My favourite thing about Oxford is the diversity of people, you see all sorts here & when you actually take a minute to look around the history & architecture is amazing.

 

 

 JOHN

John came to work for Boswells as a member of the Sunday team in 2000 working in the Cookshop department & a few years later extended this to three days, one of which is worked in the Home Electricals department.

About Work - I love working in both departments as the challenges are quite different & have become quite knowledgeable about many of the products. I do particularly enjoy advising on cookware as it’s a very diverse range of items & I like to think that I am a better cook than I probably am!

Boswells is a very friendly environment to work in, on both sides of the counter, it’s nice to be able to interact with customers rather than just being there to take their money.

Cosmetics

Where: Ground Floor

cosmetics

Distinctive cosmetics and toiletries ranges as well as everyday essentials.

Whatever your age or skin type, our wide selection of products will provide you with all your skincare needs and our staff are always happy to give advice. We pride ourselves on our natural and organic ranges such as Dr Hauschka, Weleda, Burts Bees, and Jason, to name but a few. We also stock la Roche Posay, Vichy, Roger & Gallet. Avene, Klorane, Caudalie, and many other brands.

Our extensive toiletries section has essentials and luxury items for the bathroom, from natural toothpastes and sponges to Dr Bronner Certified Fair Trade soaps, and Bomb Cosmetics. We are the sole stockist in Oxford city centre of Bronnley & Floris soaps and EDT, all made in the UK. Our accessories cover an extensive range of products, from Kent shaving and hairbrushes, luxury Mason & Pearson hairbrushes to mirrors, cosmetic bags and tools, and heat packs.

Gifts

Where: Ground Floor

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For him, for her, for them, for you: over five thousand gifts to choose from…

From the quirky to the elegant, our wide range of products means it won't be hard to find a present for that special someone. We have gifts for every occasion, with exciting new ranges always being introduced and unique gifts ideas to suit everyone. We also sell cards, stationery and gift-wrap to complete the set. Elegant Dartington crystal and Lladro porcelain are particularly popular. Together with our great value prices, Gifts at Boswells should be the first place to go for any present!

Meet our staff

LORRAINE

Lorraine has worked for Boswells for 16 years in total with a 1 year break returning to Boswells in 2003. Lorraine is currently working in the gift department and is enjoying it very much, thank you.

Loves - The people she works with, the nice people that come into the store and finding a gift for someone that makes their day.

About Life - Lorraine has not lived in Oxford all her life but loves the diversity of people Lorraine meets within the city and the fact that people for all around the world come to Oxford. She is an avid jigsaw puzzler and is a regular customer of our toy department to feed her hobby.

About work - The gifts department is very seasonal and so the time of year brings us different custom. In the summer we welcome visitors from overseas so they are looking gifts to take home to friends and family. But in the winter people have Christmas in mind so its gifts and decorations. Lorraine does a lot of work with our photo frames selection, working with customers to fit and sell them. 

Haberdashery

Where: Second Floor

haberdashery

Needles and pins, buttons and zips, wool and patterns, craft and tapestry kits. Just a few of our favourite things.

There is a multitude of products in our growing haberdashery section within the linens department, ranging from needles and thread, and knitting wool and patterns to craft and tapestry kits, essentials for all crafty shoppers.

Household Essentials

Where: Basement

household

For cleaning, storing, mending and fixing; thousands of practical items.

This is the place to buy all those basic essentials needed to keep your home in perfect condition. From coat hangers to storage boxes, Delfinware drainers, cleaning fluids to clothes moth killers, Brita water filters, dustpans and mops to vacuum cleaner bags, it’s all here.

Luggage

Where: Ground Floor

luggage

Simply the best selection in Oxford.

Our Luggage department continues the tradition established at the very start of Boswells trading history (in 1738) by offering a wide variety of products for all your travelling needs, and it now provides the most extensive selection of travel goods within the city of Oxford. Whether you want smaller rucksacks ideal for your day trips around a city or trolley-cases capable of helping you with that trans-global move, we have items for both the more cost conscious traveller and the customer who wants the top of the range. We are happy to give impartial advice regarding the suitability of our products for your particular situation. We also stock a full range of travel accessories including adaptors, locks, straps and many more incidental items designed to make your trip that much easier. We not only have large selections of Samsonite but are happy to order from their full catalogue for speedy delivery to store.

Meet our Staff

Simon LuggageSIMON

Simon first worked for Boswells in 1996 for three months in the toy department. He has rejoined us just this year and has worked in the luggage department for three months (as of August 2014).

He likes Boswells as it’s an independent store which sells products that others don't. He thinks it’s great the store is still standing after 276 years! He also loves the fact that the store sells sonic screwdrivers.

About Life - As you can maybe guess from this Simon is a great Doctor Who fan. He has fantastic knowledge of anything and everything to do with Doctor Who. Other favourites are Inspector Morse (good Oxfordian choice) and Only Fools and Horses. Come to the luggage department and ask him any question on these programs and see if can catch him out! Simon was born and bred in Oxford and loves the history and the wonderful building being around him.

About Work - He likes working in luggage matching the right suitcase to needs of the user. Asking the right questions is very important and the next question changes based on the answer from the last. The right case is important to help make a happy holiday. For Simon it’s our Doctor Who ranges that peak his interest, but he makes a point that if he was buying for friends and family there would be something for everyone. 

Pharmacy

Where: Ground Floor

pharmacy

Professional and friendly advice on all health matters.

Consistently voted the best in the area in customer satisfaction surveys, our pharmacy team will look after your health needs. As well as wide ranges of, over the counter and non-counter medicines, first aid, toiletries and vitamins, we have a wide range of services available, including:

Dispensing of NHS and private prescriptions, Anti-malaria medication, Influenza vaccination, Truss and hosiery fitting, Supply of surgical and disability aids, Healthy living advice and information.

From March 2017 we have a specific website for over the counter Pharmacy products, information about the in store Pharmacy and the ability to use Electronic Prescriptions. http://www.boswellspharmacy.co.uk/

You can read all about it in our blog about the website here.  

The most recent (2016-17) Informacist.com survey results are in and we scored the following:

  • Time to provide prescription or other NHS services required = 98.63% Very or Fairly Satisfied
  • Rating of the Pharmacist & staff = 100% Very Good or Fairly Good
  • Overall Pharmacy Rating = 96.15% Excellent or Very Good.

Quotes from the survey.

"Excellent customer service. Always have what I need"

"Always attentive, efficient and friendly"

Tableware

Where: Basement

tableware

China and glass to meet all tastes and budgets.

Whether you want quality branded products or great value everyday use china and glass, our extensive range will help you to find what you are looking for. Come and browse round our department to see classic names including Royal Doulton, Maxwell and Williams, Portmeirion and Dartington.

Tourist

Where: Ground Floor

tourist

For everything “Oxford”.

Oxford and its world famous University colleges are a prime tourist destination. We have everything you could want as a memento of your visit and gifts for those not lucky enough to be with you. Hoodies, tea towels, fridge magnets, T-shirts, mugs and more: if it has “Oxford” or a UK Flag printed on it, you’ll find it here.

Toys & Games

Where: First Floor

Over six thousand toys to play with…

Shortlisted for the accolade of ‘Independent Toy Shop of the Year’ in 2008, 2010 and 2011 we are exceptionally proud of our toy department. We have a wide range of toys from traditional and wooden to collectable and fashion-led products, suitable for newborn babies to adults. Choose from a large range of jigsaws such as Gibsons and Ravensburger, and many family board games. We also have an extensive range of Lego products.

You will find many well-known brands such as Playmobil, Hornby & Scalextric, Fisher Price, Schleich, Sylvanian Families, Ty, Galt, and Orchard (to name but a few) , all at very competitive prices, so a department not to be missed.

1738 Tearoom

Where: First Floor

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