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St Michael at the North Gate Church Tower - Oxford

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posted on 2022-12-14, 12:39 authored by Woruldhord Project Team

Situated on the northern wall of the old city of Oxford this tower dates from the early to mid eleventh century. It is stone and shows signs of reworking but wonderfully illustrates some classic saxon stone features. The tower is square, unlike the round towers seen in East Anglia where stone was less common. Looking at the work we can see it is made up of loose stones, not bricks, but at the corners major stones are used but in an alternate horizontal and vertical fashion ('long and short work') which differs from the later Norman practice. Half-way up the tower is a window/door that would possibly have been used to display relics.

History

Date Created

14/07/2010

Date

c. 1040

Temporal Coverage

1000-1100

Creator

Stuart Lee

Source

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Language

English

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