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Clarendon Building

Clarendon Building

Oxford, OX1 3, United Kingdom

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+44 1865 277000

Work hours
MO 08:30 – 17:00 SA 10:15 – 13:30
TU 08:30 – 17:00 SU closed
WE 08:30 – 17:00
TH 08:30 – 17:00
FR 08:30 – 17:00
Description The Clarendon Building is an early 18th-century neoclassical building of the University of Oxford. It is in Broad Street, Oxford, England, next to the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre and near the centre of the city. It was built between 1711 and 1715 and is now a Grade I listed building.HistoryUntil the early 18th century the printing presses of the Oxford University Press (OUP) were in the basement of the Sheldonian Theatre. This meant that the compositors could not work when the Theatre was in use for ceremonies. The University therefore commissioned a new building to house the OUP.Nicholas Hawksmoor produced a neoclassical design, construction started in 1711 and it was completed in 1715. The building was funded largely from the proceeds of the commercially successful History of the Great Rebellion by the 1st Earl of Clarendon, whose legacy later paid for the building of the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford as well.In the 1820s the OUP moved to new premises in Walton Street, after which the University used the Clarendon Building for administrative purposes. In 1975 the building was transferred to the Bodleian Library, for which it now provides office and meeting space for senior members of staff.