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The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford

Oxford Theatres

A Google StreetView Image of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford today - Click to Interact

Above - A Google StreetView Image of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford today - Click to Interact

The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford was erected between 1664 to 1669, and was the first major design by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723). It was funded by Gilbert Sheldon, Warden of All Souls College and later Archbishop of Canterbury. The name and design of the building derives from the Roman theatre of Marcellus, which was open to the sky.

The original roof of the auditorium spanned 70 feet (21.34 metres) by 80 feet (24.38 metres) by an ingenious construction of various timbers, trusses, and cross over beams, supported only by braces and screws, there being no supporting columns.

It is the principal assembly room of the University, and holds regular meetings of the body of the resident Masters of Arts who control the University affairs.

A period postcard depicting the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Above - A period postcard depicting the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

It was described by the European Commission in 1994 as 'one of the architectural jewels of Oxford', being built to provide a secular venue for the purpose of principal meetings and public ceremonies of the University, which it still does to this day.

The Sheldonian is made available for hire for musical recitals and similar events and the building is also open, circumstances permitting, for those wishing to visit for historical,or architectural purposes.

You may like to visit the Theatre's own website here.

The above article was written for this site by David Garratt and kindly sent in for inclusion in 2011. The article is © David Garratt 2011.

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