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  • ISBN: 9780300051841
  • ISBN10: 0300051840

North Oxford

by Tanis Hinchcliffe

  • List Price: $80.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/1992
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North Oxford is perhaps the best known and most widely admired Victorian suburb in Britain. Developed by St. John's College in the years after 1850 to provide accommodation for the rapidly expanding middle class in the city, the North Oxford estate was also a highly successful speculative development of farmland into urban fabric and is one of the main reasons why St. John's is now one of Oxford University's wealthiest colleges. In the first full-scale study of St. John's North Oxford estate, Tanis Hinchcliffe provides a lively and authoritative social and architectural history of this landmark area. Hinchcliffe examines the distinctive and picturesque architecture of the North Oxford houses, which were designed by some of the leading architects of the Victorian era--J.J. Stevenson, R. W. Edis, T. E. Collcutt, and others--as well as by lesser-known but important local architects. She describes the complex network of developers, builders, and financiers that was necessary to bring the estate into being, and tells of the college's struggles to ensure its quality in the face of financial collapses and the vicissitudes of the local housing market. And she looks at the inhabitants of the estate, members of the professional middle class whose social, religious, and educational views did not always necessarily fit into the traditional life of the Oxford colleges. Continuing her study up until 1970, Hinchcliffe also provides some interesting observations on the fate of Victorian suburbs and the efforts that have been made to maintain their character over time. Generously illustrated with contemporary and modern photographs and with building plans, this book should be read by anyone interestedin Oxford and its environs, or in the architectural or social history of Victorian England.
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