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The information presented on these Oxford pages is based on the Oxford City Centre Street Map and Guide 1999

Most colleges are open to the public for a few hours each afternoon, and some are open all day. Some colleges have an admission charge. Details are displayed at each college gatehouse or can be obtained at Oxford Information Centre.

The Oxford University Home Page offers links to all University colleges, departments, libraries and student bodies.

ALL SOULS, High Street (D3). Founded in 1437 by Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Henry VI as a memorial to the dead of The Hundred Years War. See the sundial designed by Wren, the Quad by Hawksmoor, and the Codrington Library.

BALLIOL, Broad Street (C2). Founded around 1263 by John Balliol. The college was poor, and educated mainly clergymen until its master of 1870, Benjamin Jowett, determined to raise the intellectual and public profile of Balliol. Many of the buildings, including the chapel, date from this time and many eminent Victorians studied here.

BRASENOSE, Radcliffe Square (D3). Founded in 1509 on the site of Brasenose Hall. The brass knocker, stolen from the hall in 1333 and recovered in 1890, from which the college gets its name, is on show in the hall.

CHRIST CHURCH, St. Aldate's (D4). Founded in 1525 by Wolsey. "Tom Tower", designed by Wren, is named after the bell it houses, "Great Tom", which rings out 101 times at 9pm. The college hall is well worth seeing, as is the Great Quad with the Mercury Fountain.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Merton Street (D4). Founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester. Famous for its Pelican sundial.

EXETER, Turl Street (D3). Founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter. The chapel has a tapestry by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones who, like Tolkien and actor Richard Burton, were undergraduates here.

JESUS, Turl Street (C3). Founded by Elizabeth I and Dr. Hugh Price in 1571 for Welsh scholars. The college has a valuable collection of Welsh manuscripts including the 14th century Red Book of Hergest.

KEBLE, Parks Road (C1). This college, with its striking multicoloured stonework, was built by William Butterfield. Holman Hunt's famous painting "Light of the World" hangs in the chapel.

LINCOLN, Turl Street (D3). Founded in 1427 by Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln. The fifteenth century hall retains many original features, and the chapel contains fine woodwork and stained glass.

MAGDALEN, High Street (F3). Founded in 1458. Has examples of impressive architecture from many periods, and extensive grounds which include a deer park and beautiful meadows. Graduates include John Betjeman, and Oscar Wilde. The choir sings a hymn from the 15th century bell-tower at 6am on May Day morning every year following an old Oxford tradition.

MANCHESTER ACADEMIC & HARRIS COLLEGE, Mansfield Road (E2). Oxford University's newest college, although it was originally founded in Manchester in 1786.

MERTON, Merton Street (E4). Founded in 1264 and arguably Oxford's oldest college. The 14th century library and Mob Quad are the earliest examples of their kind in England.

NEW COLLEGE, New College Lane (E3). Founded in 1379. The chapel, hall and gate tower date from the 14th century. The chapel contains a wealth of art treasures, including its stained glass, statue of Lazarus, and carved stone reredos. Part of the old city wall surrounds the gardens.

ORIEL, Oriel Square (D4). Founded in 1326 by Edward II, and Adam de Brome. Statues of Edward II and Charles I look out over the front quad from their positions above the enormous porch.

PEMBROKE, Pembroke Square (C4). Founded in 1624, the college has many fine buildings dating from the 17th century _ the hall is particularly worth seeing.

QUEEN'S, High Street (E3). Although this is one of Oxford's oldest colleges (founded in 1341), the buildings which have survived are all fine examples of 17th and 18th century classical architecture.

ST CATHERINE'S, Manor Road (F7). Founded in 1963. The gardens contain sculptures by Epstein and Barbara Hepworth.

ST EDMUND HALL, Queen's Lane (E3). The only surviving medieval hall of residence; it didn't become a college until 1957. The medieval church is now the library, and it is possible to see the Norman crypt.

TRINITY, Broad Street (D2). The carved wooden decoration and wooden panelling in the interior of the chapel are outstanding.

UNIVERSITY, High Street (E3). First endowed in 1249, but the medieval buildings were replaced in the 17th century. A memorial to the poet Shelley, who was expelled from the college in 1811, is in the Front Quad.

WORCESTER, Worcester Street (B2). Founded in 1714 on the site of former monastic buildings. Donations in the 18th century enabled new buildings to be added to the medieval ones providing an interesting contrast.

 

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