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35–36: Fantastea bubble tea shop


35 & 36

This timber-framed four-storey building dates from before 1600, but was refronted in the eighteenth century. The bay windows upstairs are sixteenth century. It formed two separate narrow houses until c.1870.

It is a Grade II listed building (List Entry No. 1047279). It was in St Peter-in-the East parish until that parish was united with St Cross parish in 1957.

In 1696 Thoms Brickland paid tax on four windows at this building.

In 1772 a survey of every house in the city was taken in consequence of the Mileways Act of 1771. According to Salter, Nos. 35 & 36 were then in the occupation of a Mr Day, and their frontage measured 7 yards 1 feet 2 inches.

No. 35 (on the left)

At the time of the 1841 census Sarah Hill, described as a painter, lived here with her children Sarah, George, Lucy, and William, plus a lodger. She still lived here in 1851 with her three unmarried daughters (Sarah, Lucy, and Catherine) and her son Henry J. Hill, who was also her apprentice. It was unoccupied in 1861.

In 1871 Miss Sarah Hill (55) was still here, this time with three nephews and a niece: Charles (27) was a decorator, while Frederick (24) was an artist.

In 1881 her nephew Charles George Hill, a 37-year-old decorative artist, lived here with his wife and four children, and a general servant; that family was still here in 1891.

No. 36 (on the right)

In 1841 No. 36 was occupied by Mary and Lydia Greene and their servant. Lydia Green (65) was still there at the time of the 1851 census, and again in 1861 and 1871. She died here at the age of 89 in 1873.

By the time of the 1881 census, this pair of narrow houses was combined into a single business premises downstairs, with George Hill, a painter and decorator, as the proprietor. Miss Sarah Hill, a spinster of 67, then lived over No. 36 with her nephew; they were still here in 1891.

Occupiers of 35 & 36 High Street

Date

35 High Street

36 High Street

1839–1867

Sarah Hill, Painter &c. (to 1865)
George Hill, Painter, glazier, & decorator (from 1866)

The Misses Greene (1846),
later Miss Greene

1871–1893

George Benjamin Hill, Painter, glazier & decorator

1894–1917

Peattie & Axtell, Sanitary plumbers, decorators &c.
John Peattie (later Peattie & Sons), Sanitary plumber, decorator &c. (from 1895)

1918–1920 

Edwin Stewart Craig MA, Lecturer at University College and Assistant Registrar

1921–1936

Charles Henry Thompson MA
Fellow & tutor of Queen’s College & lecturer in mathematics, University College

1939–1943

Harold Foot, Antique dealer

1945–1976

C. John, Antique dealer

1976–2005

Laurie Leigh, Antiques/Restorers of keyboard instruments
See Oxford Mail of 22 June 2005

2005–2012

Northlight

2012–2013

Raffles (with a short period in the summer of 2012 when it was called Lexington)

2013–2018

The Oxford Gallery

2018–

Fantastea bubble tea shop

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 18 November, 2018

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