Completed in 1749, this lovely round building in the center of Oxford was designed by James Gibbs to house the Radcliffe Science Library.

View from Above
South exterior of the Radcliffe Camera (1737-49) viewed from the tower of St Mary's Church. Designed by James Gibbs in the English Palladian style, the building houses reading rooms of the Bodleian Library... Holly Hayes

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Article Title
Radcliffe Camera
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SP 51591 06345
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Listed Building Description

Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

RADCLIFFE SQUARE 1. 1485 Radcliffe Camera SP 5106 SE 9/148A 12.1.54. I GV 2.

RCHM 1. Built 1737-49 by the benefaction of Dr John Radcliffe to the designs of James Gibbs; William Townesend and William Smith, or Warwick, being the master-masons. The lower storeys were built in Headington freestone and the upper part in Taynton stone. In 1863 the arches of the ground floor were glazed and a north entrance made with steps up to it. Repairs were made in 1913 under the direction of Sir T G Jackson. The facing has been patched in Clipsham stone. For history, see Bibliotheca Radclivinana (1747) and "Exhibition Catalogue" ib. (1949).

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

Listing NGR: SP5159206345

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Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, England
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Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 7, 2022