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Pictures from Oxford: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes by Andrew Lang, M.A., sometime Fellow of Merton College, Oxford [1844 – 1912]; sixth edition, Seely & Co. Ltd., London, 1896.

There are some more pictures of Oxford done by Haslehust, in colour.

I am working on a transcription of this book.

There is also an entry in the Nuttall Encyclopædia for Andrew Lang.

Title: Oxford: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes

Author: Lang, Andrew

City: London

Date: 1896

Total items: 23

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Godstowe]

Godstowe

“ Any places of strength in Oxford would command the roads leading to the north and west, and the secure, raised paths that ran through the flooded fens to the ford or bridge, if bridge [...]grand pont, where Folly Bridge now spans the Isis. Somewhere near Oxford, the roads that ran towards Banbury and the north, or towards Bristol and the west, would be obliged to cross the river. The water-way, too, and the paths by the Thames’ side, were commanded by Oxford. The Danes, as they followed up the course of the Thames from London, would be drawn thither, sooner or later, and would covet a place, which is surrounded by half-a-dozen deep natural moats.” (p. 9) [more...] [$]

[picture: St John's College, Oxford]

St John’s College

From a Drawing by A. Brunet-Debaines. [more...] [$]

[picture: Oriel Street.]

Oriel Street.

From a Drawing by A. Brunet-Debaines.

S. Paterson signed the engraving. [$]

[picture: Magdalen Cloisters]

Magdalen Cloisters

The tower is also featured in several paintings by Haslehust’s illustrations of Oxford. [more...] [$]

[picture: Martyrs Memorial]

Martyrs Memorial

“In Broad Street, under the windows of Balliol, there is a small stone cross in the pavement. This marks the place where, some years ago, a great heap of wooden ashes was found. These ashes were the remains of the fire of October 16th, 1555—the day when Ridley and Latimer were burned. “They were brought,” says Wood, “to a place over against Balliol [...]candida fossa, to the way leading by it.” To recover the memory of that event, let the reader fancy himself on the top of the tower of St. Michael’s, that is, immediately above the city wall. No houses interfere between him and the open country, in which Balliol stands; not with its present frontage, but much farther back. A clear stream runs through the place where is now Broad Street, and the road above is dark with a swaying crowd, out of which rises the vapour of smoke from the martyrs’ pile. At your feet, on the top of Bocardo prison (which spanned the street at the North Gate), Cranmer stands manacled, watching the fiery death which is soon to purge away the memory of his own faults and crimes. He, too, joined that “noble army of martyrs” who fought all, though they knew it not, for one cause—the freedom of the human spirit.” (pp. 98-100) [more...] [$]


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Pictures from Oxford: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes by Andrew Lang, M.A., sometime Fellow of Merton College, Oxford [1844 – 1912]; sixth edition, Seely & Co. Ltd., London, 1896.

There are some more pictures of Oxford done by Haslehust, in colour.

I am working on a transcription of this book.

There is also an entry in the Nuttall Encyclopædia for Andrew Lang.


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