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The architectural highlights of Oxfordshire

Having served the local homeowners of Oxfordshire for well over 25 years, we can sometimes be guilty of focussing so much on the new and contemporary aspects of the home improvement world, that we forget how lucky we are to operate in a rich area of architectural history. A county originally formed sometime in the early 10th century, Oxfordshire continues to be a beacon of architectural prowess.

For now we’ve decided to look back at some of the location’s historical highlights:

Queen’s College (Neoclassical)

Originally opened in 1341, Queen’s College can be easily distinguished by its neoclassical architecture style, most notable through the featured buildings designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and Christopher Wren. The latter of which had previously lent his hand on the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral, a building that’s aesthetic is as equally forceful.

Though consistently iterated upon more and more over time, Queen’s College features such neoclassical characteristics as symmetrical pediments which flank the High Street entrance to notable dome-shapes held up by some beautiful pillars. These work in tandem with columns and porticos also reminiscent of the architecture style.

Radcliffe Camera (Palladian)

A prime example of how some of Oxfordshire’s listed buildings show signs of architectural overlap, Radcliffe Camera displays elements of Baroque and Neoclassical but most predominantly English Palladian. Featuring a distinct row of pillars circling under an elevated dome, Radcliffe Camera was built between 1737 – 1749 and was originally used as an independent library.

Today, the Camera still retains a large selection of books and primarily serves as a reading room to the Bodleian as part of Oxford University. The design of the building itself is less ornamented than what you would typically expect from Neoclassical, instead utilising repeating patterns to create the feeling of being deceivingly tall.

Great Coxwell Barn (English Gothic)

Now under the watchful eye of the National Trust, Great Coxwell Barn was first erected at around 1292 for the Cistercian Beaulieu Abbey. This Abbey was later dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII but the Barn thankfully was left unscathed, reminding us of the English Gothic architectural style which is most commonly characterised with vaulted ceilings and pointed arches.

Oxfordshire: The home of Andy Glass Windows and so much more

These act as just some of the architectural highlights present in the county, being a handy reminder of just how lucky we are to reside so close to such a mixture of attractive styles. IF you have something a little more contemporary in mind for your home, feel free to contact the Andy Glass Windows team today on 01235 530 035 or send us an online message.

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