"The brown and blue colours of this snow scene in Radcliffe Square, Oxford, to me, are reminiscent of a French painting. I was lucky to get the single lady with her umbrella walking towards me, and also the warm yellow of the lighted window in the Bodleian." J J Marshall
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Radcliffe Square is widely regarded as the most beautiful place in Oxford. It is a quiet oasis in the centre of the city, completely surrounded by ancient University and college buildings (Brasenose College, All Souls College, St Mary The Virgin, the Bodleian Library), yet just a few paces away from the High Street. The square is cobbled, with the circular Radcliffe Camera at its centre surrounded by grass and railings.
The square is named after John Radcliffe, a student of University College and doctor to the King, who bequeathed £40,000 to build a science library (1737-49), known today as the Radcliffe Camera. In 1909-12 a two-floor underground book store was added with a tunnel to connect it with the Bodleian Library on the north side of the square. Today, the Radcliffe Camera is used as a reading room for the Bodleian Library.
The Bodleian Library, was established in 1602 and holds 11 million books; it is one of three libraries in Britain that receive a copy of every book published.