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Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Description: Holywell Music Room

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 January 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 245575

OS Grid Reference: SP5164406554
OS Grid Coordinates: 451644, 206554
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7553, -1.2532

Location: 35 Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SH

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

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Listing Text

(North Side)
No 34
(Holywell Music Room)
SP 5106 NE 6/195 12.1.54.
Begun in 1742 to the design of Rev Dr Thomas Camplin, Vice Principal of St
Edmund Hall and Archdeacon of Taunton, and opened in 1748 at the cost of
£1,263 lOs Od. 1-storeyed rubble 65 ft x 32 ft x 30 ft high with an apselike
North end and a Welsh slate roof. The South front is stuccoed brick, lies
back from the street about 38 ft and has a projecting rectangular
shaped ground floor with 2 semi-circular arched windows and a stone band
and a moulded cornice; the 1st floor has 3 C18 sash windows in moulded pediment
in which is a blind circular lunette. On the East side there are 3 semi-circular
arched windows. History. Probably one of the earliest buildings in Europe
erected specially for musical performances. (See Peshall's Edition of Wood's
Ancient and Present State of City of Oxford (1773), 247-8 0xf Hist Soc XV
(1889), 247-8; Proc Oxf Architect and Hist Soc V, 208; for drawing of exterior
made by J C Buckler in 1812, p Bodl M S Don a 3 II, 85.

All the listed buildings on the North Side form a group.

Listing NGR: SP5164406554

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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