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The Library at St. Johns College, Oxford CC50_00824

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Filename: cc50_00824.jpg

Size: 4947 x 3815 (6.1MB)

Date: 30th March 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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The Library at St. Johns College, Oxford CC50_00824

LIBRARY, ST JOHNs COLLEGE, Oxford, Oxfordshire. The interior of the old library in Canterbury Quad, built in 1596-1601, showing rows of bookcases leading up to the large window at the east end. Photographed by Henry Taunt in 1916

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> Towns and Cities > Oxford

> The way we were > Leisure > Libraries

> The way we were > University life


EDITORS COMMENTS
Step into the hallowed halls of St. John's College, Oxford, and feast your eyes on the breathtaking beauty of its Old Library, as captured in this exquisite photograph taken by Henry Taunt in 1516. This magnificent Tudor edifice, built between 1596 and 1601, stands as a testament to the enduring allure of knowledge and the power of scholarly pursuits. The photo reveals the grandeur of the Canterbury Quad interior, with its soaring bookcases that seem to stretch towards the heavens, leading the gaze to the large, stained-glass window at the east end. Each shelf is filled with leather-bound tomes, their spines worn from the countless hands that have turned their pages over the centuries. The soft, warm light filtering in through the window casts an ethereal glow over the ancient texts, creating a scene that is as enchanting as it is awe-inspiring. The Old Library at St. John's College is not just a repository of knowledge but a living, breathing testament to the rich history of education and intellectual curiosity that has defined Oxford University since its inception. As you gaze upon this image, allow yourself to be transported back in time, to an era when the pursuit of knowledge was the ultimate goal, and the library was the heart of the scholarly community. This photograph is a precious reminder of the enduring allure of the written word and the power of the institutions that have preserved and nurtured it for generations. It invites us to reflect on the importance of our own intellectual pursuits and the role that libraries play in shaping our understanding of the world around us.

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