The Railway Traveller's Walk Through Oxford

The Railway Traveller's Walk Through Oxford

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...the greatest pains to restore it after the original model, in 1789, when the state of the wooden roof and other dilapidations rendered a complete refitting of the interior necessary. The alto-relievos over the altar are by Westmacott. The windows on the south side are Flemish, and said to have been painted from the designs of some of Rubens' scholars: they were repaired in 1740 by William Price, of whom they were purchased by the society. Those on the north side were painted by Peckett of York, in 1765 and 1774: the subjects speak for themselves. The small lights in the heads of the windows retain their original painted glass of 1386, with curious figures of the different orders of angels, archangels, cherubim, &c, with the name under each. The organ is said to be one of the finest in England; it was built by Dallam, and improved by Green and Byfield. In the chapel is still preserved the silver-gilt pastoral staff of the founder, a very exquisite relique of the finished style of the jewellers' work, with enamels, of that period, and of most elaborate workmanship. Leaving the chapel by the western door, we are admitted at once into the Cloisters, which, with the tower adjoining, were not built until after the completion of the college. The Tower is supposed to have been the last work of Wykeham. It is built on the site of one of the bastions of the city wall, and, as its massive nature evidently imports, was built for defence as well as for the belfry. It consists of four horizontal compartments, and is ascended by a winding staircase of stone within. The thickness of the walls at the base is about six feet. Returning to the quadrangle from the cloisters, and passing under the unusually projecting heads of the cornice and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880285
  • 9781236880284