Category Archives: Buildings at Somerville College

Traffic Quad

A glimpse of what we now know as ‘traffic quad’ or Fellows’ car park, shortly after the construction of Darbishire (East) in the mid 1930s.  Note the lack of plants but the addition of a high brick wall to screen the pathway … Continue reading

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Opening of Darbishire (East as was)

As the opening of the new ROQ buildings grows nearer, it seems appropriate to show the opening ceremony of a Somerville building from years gone by.  This is an informal snap taken at the 1935 opening of the East Quadrangle (now … Continue reading

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Maude Clarke

  Maude Clarke was a tutor in history at Somerville from 1919 till her early death in 1935.  A noted medievalist in a still largely male academic world, she published important and sometimes controversial work on fourteenth century England with a … Continue reading

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Undergraduates at Leisure 1932

Several publicity shots were taken of Somerville life and buildings in about 1933.  Here is a scene of two young ladies relaxing in a room at Somerville – perhaps one of the newly built rooms in East Quad (later renamed Darbishire) ?  … Continue reading

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Somerville Section – 3rd Southern General Hospital 1914-18

An unremarkable view of House, at first glance, taken in high summer. But instead of a student wheeling her bicycle on the right, it’s an injured soldier in his Bath Chair, and hospital beds have been placed in the shade of … Continue reading

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Approaching House in the 1880s

Approach to House in the early days of Somerville, almost unrecognisably rural!  The cottages on the right were originally used to house students but were demolished in 1930s to make way for the East quadrangle which is now known as … Continue reading

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Demeter 1904

  The cast on the steps of the library loggia, featuring Edith Pearson (1903) as Dis, Octavia Myers (1903) as Persephone & Henrietta Escreet (1903) as Demeter Demeter was the College Masque, performed to celebrate the opening of the Library … Continue reading

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Hall and Maitland c 1913

 Hall and Maitland shortly after construction almost a hundred years ago and below as it is today.  The building was designed by Edward Fisher (brother of historian and politician H.A.L.Fisher) and built in 1913 to house a dining hall, senior … Continue reading

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