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Physical end of Ruskin College, Walton Street,Oxford

2014 November 2
Walton Street facade

Walton Street facade

When Ruskin College’s Walton street site was sold to Exeter College a few years ago there were various stories doing the rounds that the early twentieth century building including Raphael Samuel Hall – the focus of so many iconic political and historical events – would remain.

But the building has been physically erased – echoing the fate of most of the student records and – it turns out – all the student dissertations written before 2000.

Only the facade remains. I can imagine that not a few alumni are turning in their graves…


(Thanks to Bill Whitehead for this photo. More can be found at newruskinarchives)

2 Responses Post a comment
  1. Bill Whitehead permalink
    November 2, 2014

    I had known the site had been sold but seeing the reality of the demolition was still shocking.

  2. Bob Hayes permalink
    November 20, 2014

    This news is a shock and very sad.

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