The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford (must see)

The Radcliffe Camera, despite its name, isn’t a camera in the technical term; it is the first circular library to be built in the United Kingdom. Camera is another term for a chamber.

John Radcliffe was a royal physician and when it was known that he intended to have a library built at the University to house his science collection, several of the colleges argued amongst themselves about which of them would be honored by the building.

In the end, none of them were; several terraced houses on Cattle Street, the Black Hall and some outbuildings from Brasenose College were demolished to make way for the library. Built in 1749 by James Gibbes in the English Palladian style, from the outside it appears to have three storeys. The ground floor is rusticated; the first floor is divided into bays separated by ten pairs of Corinthian columns. Above this is the lantern and lead-covered dome.

Inside the building, the first floor is actually an open gallery around the walls. There is a 2 meter-high statue of John Radcliffe, sculpted by John Rysbrack. In 1912 an underground archives room was created with a passage connecting it to the Bodleian Library.

There are over 600,000 books in the Radcliffe Camera, which is now a reading room belonging to the Bodleian Library and sadly is not open to the public.
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Sight Name: The Radcliffe Camera
Sight Location: Oxford, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Landmarks of Oxford  

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