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Built between 1737 and 1749, Radcliffe Camera is one of the most unusual buildings in Oxford and the earliest example in England of a circular library.

Bequeathed by John Radcliffe, physician to King William III and Queen Mary II, following his death, it took 20 years to negotiate the building of the library - the site selected by Radcliffe had 'minor' problems such as dwellings, a few buildings belonging to Brasenose College (Radcliffe was to be an extension of the adjacent Bodleian Library).

Built in the English Palladian style, the architect was James Gibbs, who also designed St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Derby Cathedral and the Fellows' Building, King's College, Cambridge.

The building is connected to the Bodleian Library by a series of (more contemporary) underground rooms.

Radcliffe Camera is only accessible to the public as part of a guided tour of the Bodleian Library.

Address: Radcliffe Square
Directions: Immediately behind the University Church of St Mary the Virgin on High St (St Mary's Passageway links the two).
Website: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/finding-resources/find-us/radcliffe_camera

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2010
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