"One of Oxford's attractions is that in the middle of the city you can still see blue sky because of the absence of high-rise buildings. This square is often used for the Inspector Morse television series. I liked the movement the students bring to this photo." J J Marshall
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Radcliffe Square is widely regarded as the most beautiful in Oxford. It is a quiet oasis in the centre of the city, completely surrounded by ancient University and college buildings, yet just a few paces away from the High Street. The square is cobbled, with the circular Radcliffe Camera at its centre surrounded by grass and railings.
The square is named after John Radcliffe, a student of University College and doctor to the King, who bequeathed £40,000 to build a science library (1737-49), known today as the Radcliffe Camera. In 1909-12 a two-floor underground book store was added with a tunnel to connect it with the Bodleian Library on the north side of the square. Today, the Radcliffe Camera is used as a reading room for the Bodleian Library.
The other University buildings in the Square are Brasenose College (1509) on the west side, All Souls College (1438) to the east, and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin (1280) to the south.