On Tuesday September 13th we booked a tour for the Bodlein Library at 11:00. We waited for our tour guide in this section of the building which was the Divinity School. Divinity School is the oldest and largest room in the Old Bodleian Library, and a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. The stone carved ceiling is magnificent.
I’m standing between the two pulpits.
This room was used as the Hogwarts infirmary in the Harry Potter film series. It was also used in the Morse Series and Shadowlands. The Hugh Humphreys library was also used in the films. No photos were allowed in the library.
This is the door that was added by Sir Christopher Wren.
Our tour guide arrived and he had so much history stored in his brain to share with us.
We went through this door to the Convocation House and Chancellors Court which was the Universities former courtroom.
Originally built in the 17th century, Convocation House was once designed as a meeting place for the University’s supreme legislative body while Chancellor’s Court was the University’s former courtroom.
Adjoining Convocation House is the anteroom, Chancellor’s Court, which was used as the court for the university.
After we left this room we walked up a series of stairways to the Duke Humphrey’s Library. Duke Humphrey’s Library is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. It is named after Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester, who donated 281 books after his death in 1447.
As I mentioned before I was disappointed that photos were not allowed in the Duke Humphrey’s but I’m glad we could see it in person.
The Divinity School and the Convocation House can be rented for weddings or other meetings.
You can read some history about the Bodlein here.
7 thoughts on “The Bodlein”
The stonework is absolutely stunning and must have taken years to complete. What a fascinating tour. B x
…they sure don’t build things like this today.
It is a beautiful building, great series of photos. Take care, enjoy your day!
So much beauty in those historic buildings! And built to last.
What detailed and beautiful stonework. Love the history that these buildings have seen.
Ellen – stunning, incredible architecture, especially when you consider its age! The door added by Sir Chrisopher Wren fits in quite nicely.
Oh, good heavens!!! Look at that place!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable! So great to have a truly knowledgeable tour guide to help you navigate through. I can only imagine the wealth of history!