• The Randolph Hotel, Oxford

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    The Randolph Hotel Oxford England UK flags union flag The Randolph The Macdonald Randolph Foyer entrance Beaumont Street Victorian Gothic IPSV0461 IPSV5682
    The Macdonald Randolph Hotel (locally often simply called "The Randolph") is the leading hotel in Oxford, England. It is centrally located on the south side of Beaumont Street, on the corner with Magdalen Street, opposite the Ashmolean Museum and close to the Oxford Playhouse. The hotel's Architecture is Victorian Gothic in style. The hotel featured in the Inspector Morse television series several times. The cast stayed at the hotel during filming in 2005 and there is now a Morse Bar. It is only relatively recently that the hotel has been officially renamed the Macdonald Randolph Hotel from the former shorter name of the Randolph Hotel. The Randolph Hotel was built in 1864 by the architect William Wilkinson, who also designed many residences in North Oxford. There was debate about the building's design. John Ruskin favoured Gothic revival like the nearby Martyrs' Memorial. The City Council wanted a classical style since the rest of Beaumont Street was Georgian. A compromise was attained with a simplified Gothic facade, similar to the Oxford University Museum and the Oxford Union buildings, but in brick. The hotel was not named after Randolph Churchill (who was connected with Blenheim Palace to the north of Oxford). Rather it was because it was near to the Randolph Gallery in the new Ashmolean Museum opposite. The gallery was built as a result of a thousand pound gift left by Dr Francis Randolph, the former Principal of St Alban's Hall, part of Merton College from 1882, who died in 1796
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