Clarendon Building
Clarendon Building
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Built in 1712 by the Oxford University Press for the University's printing, the building is now part of the Bodleian Library.
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Right in the city centre amongst shops, library and other famous buildings spare a moment for the Clarendon building, stunning architecture in neo-classical style.
Written March 9, 2020
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Solo
This elegant 18th century building next to the Bodleian Library was originally the operating base for the Oxford University Press. When OUP vacated in 1820, the University used it for administration purposes before transferring it to the Bodleian in 1975. The building now provides office space and meeting rooms for senior Bodleian staff. It’s not open to the public. The architectural style is very much neo-classical, with four imposing columns supporting the portico and some striking statues on the roof’s front edge. Worth seeing.
Written August 7, 2019
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futtock21
London, UK16,404 contributions
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Jun 2017 • Solo
Nicolas Hawksmoor is celebrated as the designer of some of the greatest churches in London such as Christ Church Spitalfields and St. Alfege's Greenwich. He is less well known for the Clarendon Building in Oxford built between 1711 and 1715 and so named because financed entirely from the sale of the Earl of Clarendon's History of the Great Rebellion. Perhaps because of its rather mundane use, first as offices for the Oxford University Press, then after 1820 as offices for Oxford University, before being transferred to the Bodlean Library for which it also provides office space. Anywhere else such a grand building would be a theatre or a town hall! In 2009 it was temporarily occupied by students protesting against Israeli militarism in Gaza.
Written June 15, 2017
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Stuart B
Deal, UK1,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a stunning building in the centre of Oxford, and well worth a stop off to admire. I love the statues standing proud up on the buildings roof (could be Another Place/Time statues!!).
Written June 22, 2019
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Roshan G
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This building was built in 1712. It still looks new and well preserved. Very beautiful building indeed
Written July 25, 2018
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rayrest
Fenton, UK7,853 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
The Clarendon building was built in 1712 by the Oxford university press for printing and is now part of the Bodleian Library. It is a great looking building and is well worth taking a couple of breaths to look over this large building.
Written February 7, 2018
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Avidesh
Oxford, UK598 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
One of the better looking buildings in Oxford - worth a look and a photo or two, but that's just about it really.
Written November 7, 2017
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Michel_Louise_2013
Quebec City, Canada28,307 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Couples
Built in Headington stone, between 1711 and 1715, by the British builder and sculptor William Townesend (1676-1739), this rectangular neoclassical building, according to the plans of the English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (≈1661-1736), housed the printing presses of the Oxford University Press from 1715 to 1820. The presses then moved to new premises and the University of Oxford used the Clarendon Building (name given in 1832 to the building to pay homage to the 1st Earl of Clarendon , whose construction was financed by the copyright of his book entitled “History of the Great Rebellion”) for administrative purposes (Register). In 1975 the building was transferred to the Bodleian Library. Nine pretty statues representing the Muses adorn the roof of the building. In a niche on the top floor, on the west side of the building, is a statue of Lord Clarendon. Not open to the public.
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Written January 27, 2024
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MillanAAP
Madrid, Spain8,488 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It is a correct classic building that is located in the tourist center of Oxford. During my visit to the city, it hardly caught my attention.
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Written February 16, 2024
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