Peckwater Quadrangle

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Student housing, Peckwater Quadrangle, Christ Church.

The Peckwater Quadrangle (known as "Peck" to students) is one of the quadrangles of Christ Church, Oxford, England.

Christ Church Library is on the south side of the quad. To the southeast is Canterbury Quadrangle, with access to Oriel Square via Canterbury Gate.

Peckwater Quad is on the site of a medieval inn, which was run by the Peckwater family and given to St Frideswide's Priory in 1246.[1]

The buildings, including the Library, date from the 18th century. They are built in the then-fashionable Classical style. First floor rooms in this quad have traditionally been particularly sought after by undergraduate members of the college due to their size, oak panelling and high ceilings. The largest examples of these rooms can be found in the corners of the building.

On 12 May 1894[2][3] and again on 20 February 1927,[4] after dinner, Bullingdon Club members smashed almost all the glass of the lights and 468 windows in the quadrangle, along with the blinds and doors of the building.



Panoramic photo of Peckwater Quadrangle.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wade, W. M.; William Baxter; R. Pearson; Law and Whittaker (1818). Walks in Oxford (2 ed.). Printed by W. Baxter for R. Pearson. p. 236. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ New York Times (13 May 1894). "Condensed Cablegrams" (PDF). The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Trevor Henry Aston (1984). The History of the University of Oxford. 
  4. ^ J. G. Sinclair (2007). Portrait of Oxford. 

Coordinates: 51°45′05″N 1°15′18″W / 51.7513°N 1.2550°W / 51.7513; -1.2550