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The Allestree Library at Christ Church, Oxford

The Allestree Library at Christ Church, Oxford, and its Tiled Pavement

The Allestree Library at Christ Church is very much one of Oxford's hidden treasures – in several different ways. Here, a small barely-known room above the south side of the Cathedral cloister contains not only a priceless collection of early manuscript and printed books, but also a remarkable pavement consisting almost entirely of medieval floor tiles (a few relatively modern replacements are the only exceptions).


Thanks to the Marc Fitch Fund and the Governing Body of Christ Church.

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