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Magdalen Tower

 

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  • The Great Tower was built by architect William Orchard between the years of 1492 and 1509 as an addition to the cloisters he constructed from 1474 to 1480.
  • The tower is of a stereotypical Gothic design with the corners contained with octagonal turrets, one of which is larger than the others as it contains a staircase to the roof. Spirelets crown each of the four corners with a pinnacle also dividing each side in the middle.
  • The great tower serves as a bell tower containing 10 bells which were first rung in 1509 although a new set were cast in 1623 which remain today.

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Architect
William Orchard
Renovation Architect
Lewis Nockalls Cottingham

Reference Data

Reference No.
3110
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
19-03-2011
 

Building Location

Address
Magdalen College, High Street, Oxford. OX1
Council
Oxford City Council
County
Oxfordshire
Region
South East
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1492
Completion date
1509
Renovation Date
1833
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
43.92

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Primary Use
University


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