Frederick Codd

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Frederick Codd
37 Banbury Road, St Anne's College, University of Oxford.jpg
37 Banbury Road, St Anne's College, a typical Victorian Gothic North Oxford house, designed by Frederick Codd in 1866.[1]
Born 1832
East Dereham, Norfolk, England
Occupation Architect
Buildings The Oxford English Centre (68 Banbury Road,1869); Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (52 Banbury Road, 1870[2]); Norham Manor Estate, Oxford

Frederick Codd (b. 1832 East Dereham) was a British Gothic Revival architect and speculative builder who designed and built many Victorian houses in North Oxford, England.

Born in 1832 in East Dereham in Norfolk.,[3] he was initially based in London but he was active in Oxford by 1865.

He was a pupil of William Wilkinson, another North Oxford architect, and their styles are similar.[4] He designed houses on the west side of Banbury Road, in Bradmore Road, Canterbury Road, Crick Road and Norham Gardens,[5] amongst other locations.

In central Oxford, Codd designed shops and offices in King Edward Street south of the High Street during 1871–75 for Oriel College. He is also involved in the rebuilding of Queen Street during 1875–78.[6]

Woodperry House in Oxfordshire was enlarged in 1879–80 when the porch and two pedimented wings were added, designed by Codd, then an assistant of Sir Thomas Jackson.[7] He lost the competition to build the Oxford High School for Boys in George Street to Jackson.[8]

In Oxford, Codd initially lived in Cowley Road. Later, in 1867, he moved to a semi-detached villa of his own design at 39 Banbury Road, on the corner with Bevington Road. In September 1876, Codd was forced into liquidation due to difficulty in selling large houses in Canterbury Road, with debts to the Oxford and Abingdon Building Society.[9]

Codd succeeded Samuel Lipscomb Seckham as the City Surveyor in Oxford.[10]

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  1. ^ Hinchcliffe, p. 217.
  2. ^ Hinchcliffe, pp. 151, 217.
  3. ^ Hinchcliffe, p. 106.
  4. ^ Saint, Andrew (1970). "Three Oxford Architects". Oxoniensia. Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society. XXXV: 53 ff. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Gunfield, 19 Norham Gardens". The Victorian Web. Retrieved April 3, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ Tyack, p. 244.
  7. ^ "Woodperry House Stanton St John". Oxford Consultants. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  8. ^ "City of Oxford Boys' High School history". Faculty of History, University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved April 3, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Whiting, R. C. (1993). Oxford: Studies in the history of a university town since 1800. Manchester University Press. pp. 97-98. ISBN 978-0-7190-3057-4. 
  10. ^ Tyack, p. 236.