Throughout history, new buildings have changed the way Oxford looks and how its residents behave. Whether their aesthetic was met with contempt, their purpose divided opinion, or — in the case of the Cutteslowe Walls — they even physically divided social classes, manmade structures have left a tangible imprint on the city and its inhabitants.
Our new web-only video series, Architecture That Shook Oxford, explores how buildings have changed the city over the last 1,000 years. The monthly series will trace the history of some of Oxford's most influential architecture, from the walls which defined the city's limits back in 1040, through the invigorating modern architecture of St Catherine's College, to Frank Cooper's captivating marmalade factory.
Part 1: Keble College
This, the first video in the series, sees Dr William Whyte, Tutorial Fellow in History at St John's College and specialist in the history of architecture, explore the once-radical buildings of Keble College. Still striking with their bold brickwork, the William Butterfield-designed structures on Parks Road drew their share of criticism when they were erected — and arguably still divide opinion today.