Oxford History: The High


35–36: Fantastea bubble tea shop


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 H. E. Salter, Nos. 35 & 36 were then in the occupation of a Mr Day, and their frontage measured 7 yards 1 feet 2 inches.

Nos. 35 and 36 can be seen just to the right of the centre in the 1834 engraving below:

33 to 38 High Street in 1834

No. 35 (on the left)

At the time of the 1841 census Mrs 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. She died at the age of 62 in 1855, and the house was unoccupied in 1861.

In 1871 Miss Sarah Hill (55), the daughter of George & Sarah Hill, lived here 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; they were 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


35 High Street

36 High Street


George Hill, Painter (to 1834)
His widow Mrs Sarah Hill, Painter &c. (1834–1865)
George Hill, Painter, glazier, & decorator (from 1866)

The Misses Greene (1846),
later Miss Greene


George Benjamin Hill, Painter, glazier & decorator


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


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


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


Harold Foot, Antique dealer


C. John, Antique dealer


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




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


The Oxford Gallery


Fantastea bubble tea shop

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 20 August, 2021

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