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20, Northmoor Road

A Grade II Listed Building in Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7711 / 51°46'15"N

Longitude: -1.2602 / 1°15'36"W

OS Eastings: 451147

OS Northings: 208302

OS Grid: SP511083

Mapcode National: GBR 8YR.S8K

Mapcode Global: VHCXN.3RN5

Plus Code: 9C3WQPCQ+CW

Entry Name: 20, Northmoor Road

Listing Date: 23 November 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391361

English Heritage Legacy ID: 492578

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2

County: Oxfordshire

Electoral Ward/Division: St Margaret's

Built-Up Area: Oxford

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Oxford St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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612/0/10108 NORTHMOOR ROAD
23-NOV-04 20


Private house. 1924. Designed by Fred E Openshaw for Basil Blackwell, the owner of Blackwell's Bookshop in Broad Street. During 1930-47 this house was the home of Professor J R R Tolkien.

Roughcast brick with brick plinth, plain tile roof brick stacks. Double pile range, with service end to north. 2 storeys. Wooden mullion windows with leaded casements.

Street front has recessed centre flanked by projecting gabled wings. Plank door to right of recessed centre with 5-light mullion windows on either side. Above a central 3-light window flanked by 4-light windows in the projecting gables.

INTERIOR plan survives unaltered, except for the wall between the former study and drawing room which was removed for Tolkien in order to enlarge the room in which he worked. Original doors, doorhandles and window catches with elaborate heart motif. Open well staircase with wide and narrow splat balusters. Two arched brick fireplaces. Built-in bedroom cupboards and airing cupboard. Built-in meat safe in larder.

This house is listed for its historic importance as the home and workplace of Professor J R R Tolkein from 1930 to 1947. It was in this house that Tolkien wrote the whole of The Hobbit [1930-32, published 1937] and almost all of the Lord of the Rings [1937-49].

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