View from St Mary's by RedHillDigital

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View from St Mary’s

Number of views as of 24th March 2015 = 925.

A view from the tower of St Mary’s University Church, Oxford, England, looking north-west over Brasenose College and Jesus College.

Climbing the 124 steps of St Mary’s Church tower affords the visitor a bird’s eye view over the City of Dreaming Spires.

Dating back to the 13th century, the University Church is one of the oldest University buildings and housed the University library until the 15th century. It was also a centre for University ceremonials until this role was taken over by the Sheldonian Theatre in 1669.

The Church played a central part in one of the less glorious episodes in Oxford’s long history. For it was here that Bishops Cramner, Latimer and Ridley were put on trial during the persecution of protestants by Queen ‘Bloody’ Mary before they were burned at the stake in Broad Street in 1555/1556.

Date: 21st March 2009.

Click here to see the rest of my Oxford series.

Hello and thankyou for visiting my portfolio.

The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

My real name is Howard and I’m always pleased to receive feedback on my work.

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  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic rooftop views, well done Howard mate..

  • Thanks Jason, it was well worth the climb!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful view Howard …

  • It certainly is Tom, the last 60 steps were up a narrow circular stairway, with only a rope to hang on to!

    – RedHillDigital

    GCAPAROalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot again, 124 steps, not sure if I could mange that!

  • Many thanks Graham, I’m sure you could!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago

    A superb shot from a great vantage point . a fav

  • Thanks for the fave Irene. I think the criss-crossed angles of the roof lines make this one.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 6 years ago

    What a view! Thanks for “doing the steps” so the rest of us could enjoy the fruit of your labor! lol! – Pat

  • Thankyou Pat, and this is just in one direction. More to come! I didn’t want to come down I can tell you!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks very much Scott.

    – RedHillDigital

  • hjaynefoster
    hjaynefosteralmost 5 years ago

    A super bird’s eye view for sure.

  • Many thanks Jayne.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Nicely taken Howard. – Ted

  • Thanks very much for your comments Ted.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Great perspective!

  • Thanks very much Trish.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeabout 4 years ago

    interesting zigzag patterns
    great perspective

  • Thanks very much Irina.

    – RedHillDigital

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