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The stones of Christ Church : the story of the buildings of Christ Church, Oxford

Author: Judith Curthoys
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Christ Church, Oxford's largest and arguably grandest college, has awed visitors ever since its foundation by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525: one seventeenth-century visitor said 'it is more like some fine castle, or great palace than a College'. The already impressive site was further enhanced during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by ever more imposing structures, and building has continued up to the present day,  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Curthoys
ISBN: 9781781258125 1781258120
OCLC Number: 1002642485
Description: xvi, 286 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: A college-in-waiting: St Frideswide's priority and its environs --
'So goodly and convenient': the buildings of the foundation period --
The almshouse: 'an original endowment close to our gate' --
A cautious start: Christ Church at the end of the sixteenth century --
Expansion: the seventeenth century --
The 'great rebuilding': Christ Church's eighteenth-century renaissance --
The gothic revival --
Regeneration and new responsibilities.
Responsibility: Judith Curthoys.

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Christ Church, Oxford's largest and arguably grandest college, has awed visitors ever since its foundation by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525: one seventeenth-century visitor said 'it is more like some fine castle, or great palace than a College'. The already impressive site was further enhanced during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by ever more imposing structures, and building has continued up to the present day, sometimes following fashion, sometimes leading the way with new architectural styles. The Stones of Christ Church tells the fascinating story of the college's buildings throughout its five centuries, and of those who brought them into being, from the three great 'builder deans', John Fell, Henry Aldrich and Henry Liddell, to the humble slaters, joiners, bricklayers and stonemasons, and the materials that they worked with. The resulting buildings - Tom Tower, Peckwater Quad, Meadow Buildings and many more - are among the most iconic sights of Oxford today -- Publisher's website.

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Curthoys' book is not simply an erudite exposition on building archaeology, but has become a fascinating tale of the human lives which created it ... this is a valuable resource. * SPAB *

 
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