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The Library and Herbarium of the Botanic Gardens, Oxford

Description: The Library and Herbarium of the Botanic Gardens

Grade: I
Date Listed: 12 January 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 245495

OS Grid Reference: SP5208506105
OS Grid Coordinates: 452085, 206105
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7512, -1.2469

Location: High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU

Locality: Oxford
Local Authority: Oxford City Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX1 4AU

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Listing Text

(South Side)
Botanic Gardens
The Library and
Herbarium of the
Botanic Gardens
SP 5206 SW 10/422 12.1.54.
The Library and Herbarium consists of 2 buildings, now including Magdalen
College Bursaey.
(a) The South elavation was originally of one storey built to form the eastern-most
orangery, or plant house, in 1733-35 for which William Townesend, the Oxford
mason-architect, was paid in 1736. It was raised by one storey when H J
Underwood designed the porter's lodge on the west and (b) the North elevation.
The South elevation now consists of 2-storeyed ashlar with a moulded cornice
at the 1st floor and a parapet with a moulded cornice below it. There is
a 2-storeyed 3-sided bay with a central doorway flanked by a window. The
tall sash windows have plain recessed reveals and rusticated keystones. The
additional storey of C1835 is in the same style; at this time the building
became the Professor's house.
(b) The North elevation, c.1835 by Underwood is 2-storeyed ashlar on a rusticated
ground floor and having a centre piece of 4 engaged Doric columns breaking
forward, a moulded entablature and a parapet. 5 tall sash windows in moulded
frames with scroll bracketed cornices: in the ground floor are 5 small sash

All the listed bui1dings on the South Side form a group.

Listing NGR: SP5208606106

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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