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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide, if just a tad dated, 21 Jun. 2011
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This is the only really comprehensive and detailed guide to the buildings of Oxford, that I am aware of. Though a little dated eg the Ashmolean upgrade is only covered as plans, overall given we're looking at approx. 1,000 years of history what's 10 years?

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the buildings and not just a few superficial stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Companion., 31 Jan. 2014
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An excellent and easy to use comprehensive guide to the architecture of the splendid city of Oxford and its environs. Written in chronological order with some excellent half and full page photographs. Four very useful 'architectural walks' included at the end of the book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, comprehensive and engaging, 14 July 2012
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Think of Oxford and most people will think of the colleges and univeristy buildings, seen so often (and in a strange patchwork form dictated by the exigencies of filming) in the many episodes of Morse and Lewis. Of course, many of the colleges are very beautiful, and all have architectural interest. From the gothic splendour of New College, through the late-medieval hugger-mugger of Worcester's "Pump Quad" and the classical calm of the same college's terrace, the idiosyncratic Scots baronial of Balliol, the fruit-cake polychrome brick work of Keble, and the late Arts and Crafts lines of Nuffield to the stark modernism of St Catherines, the colleges present the visitor with a survey of British architecture in all its many-splendoured wotsit, and undoubtedly dominate the townscape.

However this book doesn't make the mistake of thinking the colleges are the whole story. Instead, the author takes us on a historical journey from the Saxon beginnings of Oxford to the present day, introducing us to lesser-known but far more varied landmarks such as the Saxon church tower slap bang in the middle of the main shopping street, the Norman invaders' castle which became a prison (and, in recent years, a rather strange hotel), the stunning Romanesque beauty of Iffley church - and on, till we encounter the car showroom which was so imposing it later became a courtroom among other more modern curiosities.

The book has interesting black and white photographs, including older ones which show former aspects of buildings and those which have now vanished (I would have liked more but Tyzack rather assumes you'll be going round seeing it all for yourself) and plenty of little maps to show you where things are, and to relate them to each other. The book concludes with a series of walks which will lead you in turn round different architectural periods in the town. Unnecessary jargon is avoided, and the background detail given is enough to bring things to life and shed light on the context, without bogging the reader down in tedious minutiae. Highly recommended for anyone taking a holiday in the town or for locals who want to know more about the legendary city on their doorstep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Feb. 2015
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A delightful, detailed, well-produced book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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