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                              Oxford, England

Oxford in Oxfordshire, It is home to the University of Oxford the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of the university buildings. It is only an hour's ride by train from London.

  


On the day we visited Oxford there was folklore festival in the streets of the old town. The next two pictures show a group from the Midlands doing their "thing".  It was very colourful. 

 

 

 

Named after that famous bridge in Venice. 

Inside the University Church of St Mary the Virgin is the largest of Oxford's parish churches and the centre from which the University of Oxford grew. It is situated on the north side of the High Street, and is surrounded by university and college buildings. St Mary's has one of the most beautiful spires in England.

The 13th century tower is open to the public for a fee and provides good views across the heart of the historic university city, especially Radcliffe Square, the Radcliffe Camera, Brasenose College and All Souls College. A much better view than climbing the Carfax Tower.

That tower is mentioned in the City's website as having the best view of the city, but the view from the Church is much better.

The next three pictures were taken atop the University Church of St MaryVirgin tower. The flamboyant battlemented parapets with gargoylesand pinnaclesé.

The university is essentially a federation: it comprises over forty self-governing colleges and halls, along with a central administration headed by the Vice-Chancellor. The academic departments are located centrally within this structure; they are not affiliated to any particular college. The departments perform research, provide facilities for teaching and research, organise lectures and seminars, and determine the syllabi and guidelines for the teaching of students. Colleges then organise the tutorial teaching for their undergraduates.

The members of an academic department are spread around many colleges; though certain colleges do have subject strengths),they are the exception, and most colleges will have a broad mix of academics and students from a diverse range of subjects. 

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All Souls College (in full: The Warden and College of the Souls of all Faithful People deceased) Unique to All Souls, all of its members automatically become Fellows, i.e., full members of the College's governing body. It has no undergraduate members.

The College was founded by Henry VI of England and Henry Chichele in 1438.

 Oriel College is the fifth oldest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford.

Oriel has the distinction of being the oldest royal foundation in Oxford.On 24 April 1324  the Rector of the University Church,Adam de Brome, obtained a licence from Edward II to found a "certain college of scholars studying various disciplines in honour of the Virgin" and to endow it to the value of £30 a year.

 Harry Potter anyone? If you've seen the movie you will understand. I wasn't suppose to take pictures inside... They shoot a lot of movies at this college.

(When they need an "Oxford" scene.)                      

 

 

The Radcliffe Camera, built 1737-1749, holds books from the Bodleian Library's English, History, and Theology collections. The word camera translates from Latin as "room" or "chamber."  

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