Bodleian Library, Oxford
17th century

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Notes in italics from Oxfordshire by Jennifer Sherwood and Nikolaus Pevsner (1974)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

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Proscholium,  entrance to the Bodleian Library and the Divinity School, and west side of Schools Quadrangle (all now part of the central Bodleian Library buildings - see Bodleian Website ).

The Proscholium is Late Perpendicular, built 1610-12 by Sir Thomas Bodley.
... There are four tiers of high panels of narrow blank cusped arches and just one doorway, with leaf spandrels and the most curious of gables , fancy in shape and fancy in decoration, with some Gothic and some post-Jacobean foliage and above the doorway just one seven-light window. ... 

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At the entrance to the Bodleian Library, a bronze statue of William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, Chancellor of the University 1617-30, cast by Le Seur to the design of Peter Paul Rubens. The inscriptions at the base of the statue testify to this.
The rear view of the statue looks towards the entrance tower of the Schools Quadrangle, five stages of classical orders. 

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New Bodleian Library, Broad Street. 1937-40 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. ... Three storeys, to keep the height of the surrounding buildings. The third storey is recessed ... and a fourth yet more recessed storey has been added ... Squared rubble - as Baker had introduced it to Oxford in Rhodes House - except for larger or smaller ashlared areas on the ground floor. At the E end, two rounded corners. ... Georgian window proportions and glazing, portal la late C17, cartouches la late C17. ...

Sir Thomas Bodley
See Merton College for monument in chapel and link to biography.

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