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Balliol College, Oxford

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Notes in italics from Oxfordshire by Jennifer Sherwood and Nikolaus Pevsner (1974)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.



Balliol College was founded around 1263 by John Balliol, father of King John Balliol of Scotland. Only a few surviving medieval parts (15th century), now mainly Victorian and Georgian.



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The college faces Broad Street and St Giles'. From the E (in Broad St) the first item is by Waterhouse, 1867-8, his first Oxford commission. His range, immediately adjoining Trinity, is Gothic, of late C13 motifs, approximately symmetrical, but only at first glance. In fact the interest of the composition is the a-central placing of the gate tower, the difference of big gable on the r. and small tourelle on the l., the free arrangement of the windows including the three large ones of a former lecture room, and the steep dormers. ... Waterhouse's Master's Lodgings which follows as a separate building, is in the same style and has the same motifs. It dates from 1867-8.



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After that we reach Fisher Buildings, 1767 by Henry Keene, thirteen bays to the Broad, four to St Mary Magdalen. It is quite a handsome composition, though a little dull. The centre has a pediment, the two end bays tripartite windows with columns. The range was refaced by Waterhouse in 1870. ...


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Salvin's Buildings (along St Giles' Street), 1852-3 by Salvin  ... conventionally Gothic, asymmetrical, with gables and a gate tower.


Virtual Tour of Balliol College
views of the quads and the chapel (external site)

Balliol College Website 


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