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2007/09/02 Touring colleges in Oxford, England

Posted on September 02, 2007 by daviding

Taking the bus from Heathrow to Oxford on a Sunday morning, I had a relaxed afternoon to see the sights. From St. Anne’s College, I walked a loop south, then east and back north. Right by the bus station, at Gloucester Green, there’s a market on Sundays.

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The shops on the Cornmarket Street are more permanent, but kiosks on the pedestrian mall hawk to the tourists.

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Continuing to walk south, down to St. Aldates Street and past the Town Hall, I started a tour of some of the more famous Oxford colleges.

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Touring the interior of Christ Church could take the better part of a day just by itself. The south approach is through the Meadow Building. The cathedral isn’t visible, behind this building.

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Continuing east, and then north, the Christ Church cathedral is visible through a fence facing west … beyond a large lawn.

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Continuing east, the next complex of buildings is Merton College. The quadrangle looked nice through the fence, but there was no entry from the south side.

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Walking up the path of the west side of the college, the tower emerged.

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Entering Merton College from the north gate put me into the Front Quad.

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Continuing southeast, through another arch, I reached the Mob Quad. This was the gate that I couldn’t enter from the the south.

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Back into the front quad and turning the other direction is an arch to the northwest.

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Through that northwest arch is the Fellows Quad.

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Exiting Merton College out the north gate to the street, the spires of the chapel rise.

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Continuing the work north, University College wasn’t welcoming to visitors. On the other side of High Street is All Souls College.

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Catte Street leads into the buildings in the middle part of the campus.

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Just north of High Street is a cafe with a unique theme: Vaults and Gardens.

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On a nice fall British day, having tea with friends and family, patrons of the cafe don’t seem to be bothered that they’re relaxing in a cemetery.

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Continuing north is Radcliffe Camera, a popular landmark for tourists.

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North and east, is Hertford Bridge, called Bridge of Sighs, reminiscent of a similar structure in Venice.

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Tourists are directed to walk down St. Helen’s Passage, to see behind the buildings of Hertford College.

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At the end of the passage is a tavern, at Bath Place. The high wall dates back to the Roman era.

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Back out to New College Lane, the Roman wall is integrated into the college buildings.

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To the north and west were the last landmarks for me for the day: the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre.

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There’s many more colleges at Oxford, so many more than could be seen in an afternoon. Before the sun set, I was back in my room at St. Anne’s College to sleep early, catching up on jet lag.

1 to “2007/09/02 Touring colleges in Oxford, England”

  1. r says:

    The 13th picture down is Queens College, not All Souls, but this is a good collection of photographs either way



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