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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: BODLEIAN LIBRARY AND SCHOOLS QUADRANGLE INCLUDING THE DIVINITY SCHOOL AND THE CONVOCATION HOUSE

List entry Number: 1047185

Location

BODLEIAN LIBRARY AND SCHOOLS QUADRANGLE INCLUDING THE DIVINITY SCHOOL AND THE CONVOCATION HOUSE, RADCLIFFE SQUARE

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
OxfordshireOxfordDistrict Authority

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1954

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 245750

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Reasons for Designation

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History

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Details

RADCLIFFE SQUARE 1. 1485 The Schools Bodleian Library and Schools Quadrangle including the Divinity School and Convocation House SP 5106 SE 9/147 12.1.54. I GV 2. RCHM 1. (1) Divinity School built 1424-1490. The master-masons were Richard Winchcombe in 1429 and Thomas Elkyn in 1439. The fan-vaulting was constructed in 1480-3, William Orchard being the master-mason, William Byrd was paid for the insertion of the North doorway in 1669. The upper storey was added by 1489 as Duke Humphrey's Library; It was restored and altered 1598-1602. The whole building was partially restored, again using Headington stone, in 1660 and also repaired in 1701-2. (For the sculptures of the vault, see Arch. Jnl LXXX (1914), 227. (2) The Schools Quadrangle. The West range, built 1610-12, contains the Arts End of the library on the upper storey and the Proscholium on the ground floor. The other three ranges were built 1613-24, John Akroyd and John and Michael Bently, being master-masons. Built originally in Headington freestone. Extensive restorations made in 1878-85 in Clipsham stone to the upper storey, pinnacles and the whole tower of the Five Orders. Further refacing of the interior, of the quadrangle on the South made in 1949. (3) The West cross-wing was built 1634-6 and its West window rebuilt in 1877. The upper storey forms the Selden End of the library and the lower storey contains the Convocation House and the Chancellor's Court.

All the buildings in Radcliffe Square form a group of the highest importance being the centre of the University of Oxford.

Listing NGR: SP5154506409

Selected Sources

  1. Article  Reference - Title: Journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London - Date: 1914 - Journal Title: Journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London - Volume: 80 - Page References: 227

National Grid Reference: SP 51550 06415

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