No. 35: RN & RM Army & RAF Careers

35 St Giles

Nos. 35 is in the middle of a terrace of three houses (34, 35, and 36 St Giles’ Street). They are jointly Grade II listed (List Reference No. 1047141) and They lie in St Giles' parish.

The block is nine bays wide and three storeys high, with attics and basements.

The Oxford builder Daniel Evans designed and built this house and its two adjoining neighbours in 1828/9 on a large plot of land leased for 99 years from the Oxford surgeon John Bull. Evans let this house out to private tenants.

In 1933 all three houses were sold by Exeter College to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oxford.

At the time of the 1841 census No. 35 was occupied by Ann Hay (aged c.85), her five servants, and two other independent ladies, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bathurst.

In 1851 it was occupied by Mrs Catherine Grayson, a widow of 54 described as having an “independent income from various sources”; she lived here with her 25-year-old daughter, also called Catherine, and four servants.

The following advertisement describing 35 St Giles appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 15 December 1860:

35 St Giles for sale

From 1882 to 1887 this house was occupied by Joseph Prestwich, the Professor of Geology who has a city plaque on the street named after him for improving the drainage of New Botley

Only the cook and housemaid were at home at the time of the 1891 census. From 1891 to 1899 this was the home of Ann Rogers (the widow of Thorold Rogers) and her daughter Annie. In September 2020 a blue plaque was erected on this house to commemorate Annie Rogers, who became the first female don at the University of Oxford.

In 1926 No. 35 ceased to be a private house and was converted into offices. In 1933 the group of three houses at 34–36 St Giles was sold by Exeter College to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oxford, but they only made use of No. 36. In 1936 this house became the Berks & Bucks Recruiting Zone, the forerunner of the Army, RAF, Royal Navy, and Royal Marine Information Office that it is today.

34-36 St Giles

Occupants of 35 St Giles’ Street listed in censuses and directories


Mrs Catherine Grayson


Mrs/Miss Durell


Joseph Prestwich, Professor of Geology


J.O. Sankey, Surgeon


Mrs Rogers
(widow of James Edwin Thorold Rogers)


Mrs Duffield


Richard Sankey, Physician & Surgeon


Post Office Engineering Department


Oxford, Berks & Bucks Recruiting Zone (1939)
Army & WRAC Recruiting Office (1949)
Army Information Office (1958)


Army Information Office
RAF Information Office
Royal Navy & Royal Marine Information Office

St Giles’ home

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