the Virtual Tour of Brasenose College

Brasenose College looks out on the University Church, on the main quadrangle of the Bodleian Library, the Chapel and Hawksmoor towers of All Souls College; and, in the centre of the Square, the Radcliffe Camera.

The College is entered from Radcliffe Square through a tall sixteenth-century gatehouse with much ornamental stonework: panelled tracery below, niches with saints above. Note the totem or 'nose' above the door. Brasenose presents a varied but harmonious facade towards the square: four separate oriels in the first range and irregular small windows with dripstone mouldings; then the high windows and pediments of the library, and the large Gothic-survival E. window of the chapel with its serrated gable above. The prospect has changed little over the last three centuries, or at least since 1737, when a jumble of stables and tenements made way for the Radcliffe Camera. Indeed the visitor can discern medieval survivals in the two thoroughfares which border this side of the College: uniquely in Oxford they have preserved their 'kennel', or central drain.

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