Shots in the City : Oxford Edition
Shots in the City is a collection of photos from one city, showcasing hidden corners that aren't as well travelled with interesting facts about the place I photographed. Here is my hidden corners of the City of 'dreaming spires' Oxford.
No. 1 : Radcliffe Camera
No. 2 : Bridge of Sighs
Did you know? Designed by James Gibbs, the Radcliffe Camera was built between 1737-49 to house the Radcliffe Science Library. Known among students of the university as the 'Rad Cam,' it was funded and named after John Radcliffe, who left money to the university for its building on his death. Today it serves as the reading room for the Bodleian library just across the road and holds over one million records from books to music to newspapers printed before 1900.
Did you know? Grade II listed Hertford Bridge is a city landmark loved by locals and tourists alike, and is known as the Bridge of Sighs because of its resemblance to the landmark bridge in Venice. However, it looks more similar to the Rialto Bridge in the same Italian city. The bridge links two parts of Hertford College and is used by students to get between the old and new quadrangles.
No. 3 : Sheldonion Theatre
Did you know? The second work of Christopher Wren, The Sheldonian Theatre was built and constructed between 1664 - 69 to hold the universities' matriculation and graduation ceremonies. It is named after the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Gilbert Sheldon, who gave the building his blessing, as well as donating to its creation. Seating 800 - 1000, it is used today for music recitals and lectures alongside its university duties.
No. 4 : Bodleian Library
No. 5 : Pitt Rivers Museum
No. 6 : Port Meadow
Did you know? One of the largest libraries in Europe, the Bodleian is the main research library for Oxford University. It is the second largest in Britain, after the British Library and holds over 12 million items from books to ancient documents such as the Magna Carta and Gutenberg Bible. To be able to become a member, students and other readers must either sign or recite a special oath, to ensure they don't deface or damage any of its contents.
Did you know? The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and anthropological collection belonging to Oxford University. Founded by Augustus Pitt Rivers in 1884, when he donated his collection to the university, it is curated by staff who teach these subjects as well as work at the museum. One of its most iconic pieces is the Dodo which features as a character in Alice in Wonderland, and was a caricature of its author Lewis Carrol, an Oxford lecturer.
Did you know? Port Meadow is an ancient grazing land between Jericho and Wolvercote. Still used for grazing cattle and horses, the land was supposedly given to the freeman of Oxford after they helped defend the kingdom from the Danes. The freeman's right was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book and has continued ever since. It is a popular Oxford location to walk, run or cycle outside of the bustle of the city centre.
No. 7 : Christ Church
Did you know? Founded by Henry VIII in 1546, Christ Church is one of the largest colleges in the University. It has a number of memorable landmarks such as Tom Tower, designed by Christopher Wren, and Tom Quad, the largest in the city. In the centre of Tom Quad is the Mercury fountain, which, in the past, was traditionally used by more athletic students to throw in their artistic counterparts.