The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack is a fascinating book on the most important buildings at the heart of Oxford. The focus of the book is on architecture and there are plans, archival prints, and all sort of illustrations included in the book. It is well worth reading. I bought it online, but copies are available at the Bodleian shop too, I noticed them when I went there last time.

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack

The Historic Heart of Oxford University includes details on the work of people such as Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor, James Gibbs, and Giles Gilbert Scott. The book has 8 chapters, each one on a different building. There are mentions of Oriel, my college, due to its close links to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The book ends with the newest building at the heart of Oxford, Weston Library, which has an interesting history of its own.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in architecture, but also to people who are planning a trip to Oxford. It has beautiful illustrations and interesting details which also make this book a great gift to anyone with a connection to Oxford. I enjoyed reading it very much.

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack

Details about the picture: I took this picture in the heart of Oxford, of course. On the left is Bodleian, in the back is the Divinity School, and on the right is the Sheldonian Theatre. All these buildings are described in the book.
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Year it was published: 2022
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History
Pages: 192

About the author: Geoffrey Tyack is a member of the History Faculty of the University of Oxford and an emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College.
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