"As they turned into Radcliffe Square, the Duke's ear caught the sound of a far-distant gun. He started, and looked up at the clock of St. Mary's. "
The Radcliffe Camera
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Radcliffe Square, named in honour of the Royal Physician John Radcliffe (1652-1714), is a central square in the city of Oxford.


In the middle of the square stands the Radcliffe Camera, an iconic building designed in the English Palladian Style by the influential architect, James Gibbs (1682-1754).


Surrounding the Radcliffe Camera are the buildings of All Souls College, Brasenose College, the Bodleian Library, and the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. The tower of St. Mary’s enjoys one of the most extensive views of the city.