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The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Description: The Sheldonian Theatre

Grade: I
Date Listed: 12 January 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 245362

OS Grid Reference: SP5152106443
OS Grid Coordinates: 451521, 206443
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7543, -1.2550

Location: 27 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ

Locality: Oxford
Local Authority: Oxford City Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX1 3AZ

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Listing Text

(South Side)
The Sheldonian Theatre
SP 5106 SE 9/148 12.1.54.
RCHM 2. Built in 1664-69 at the cost of Archbishop Seldon to the designs
of Wren. Thomas Robinson was master-mason with Arthur Frogley, master-
carpenter. The stone used came from Headington (the ground storeys,) Burford
and Barrington, while the upper stages were built in Taynton Stone. The whole
South elevation is in original Barrington stone in the upper stage with Windrud
stone in the lower stage. The upper stage of the semi- circular North elevation
was refaced in Bath stone, probably in 1838, and since partly refaced in
Clipsham stone. The cornices and balustrades have also been repaired in
Clipsham stone at various times. The originai stone-carving was by William
Byrd and the wood-work by William and Richard Clere. The ceiling was painted
by Robert Streater; an early example of English illusionist decoration.

Exeter College, The Old Ashmolean Building, The Sheldonian Theatre and The
Old Clarendon Building form a group with The Indian Institute, Catte Street.

Listing NGR: SP5151906448

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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