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THE NUFFIELD INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH THE RADCLIFFE OBSERVATORY

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: THE NUFFIELD INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH THE RADCLIFFE OBSERVATORY

List entry Number: 1047070

Location

THE NUFFIELD INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH, WOODSTOCK ROAD
THE RADCLIFFE OBSERVATORY, WOODSTOCK ROAD

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Oxfordshire

District: Oxford

District Type: District Authority

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1954

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 245947

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List entry Description

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History

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Details

WOODSTOCK ROAD 1. 1485 (West Side) The Radcliffe Observatory (Now the Nuffield Institute for Medical Research) SP 5007 SE 2/100 12.1.54. I 2. Built to the designs of Henry Keene from the benefaction of Dr John Radcliffe in "a calm and retired locality". The first stone was laid June 27, 1772 but in consequence of Keene's death the whole was not completed until 1795. The dwellinghouse, the 2 wings and the central part up as far as the platform were built of Headington Stone before Keene's death in 1776. James Wyatt, who succeeded Keene as architect, altered some of the external parts and raised the upper octagon building, basing it on the design of the Tower of the Winds; James Pears, of Oxford, was the contractor. The front extends 175 feet, each of the wings being 69 feet long and the top of the tower is about 106 feet from the ground. The 3rd storey consists of the octagonal tower, with 8 sculptures of the winds on the entablature and a large globe supported by bronze figures of Hercules and Atlas at the top, executed by John Bacon, RA (DNB). The bas reliefs, under the platform, represent the signs of the zodiac and the rising moon and setting sun and were modelled in Coade stone by Rossi, RA (DNB). The interior has contemporary and notable fittings including furniture designed by Wyatt. A curved covered way on the ground floor joins the East wing of the Observatory with the dwelling house on the East (see Oxf His Soc. XLI (1901) 319).

Listing NGR: SP5098107222

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Oxford History Society' in Oxford History Society, , Vol. 41, (1901), 319

National Grid Reference: SP 50904 07163

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