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Exeter College, Oxford

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Exeter College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England and the fourth oldest college of the University.The college is located on Turl Street, where it was originally founded in 1314 by Devon-born Walter de Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter, as a school to educate clergymen. From its foundation Exeter was popular with the sons of the Devonshire gentry and has been associated with a number of notable people, including the writer J. R. R. Tolkien., the college had an estimated financial endowment of £48.7 million.HistoryStill situated in its original location in Turl Street, Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapledon of Devon, Bishop of Exeter and later treasurer to Edward II, as a school to educate clergy. During its first century, it was known as Stapeldon Hall and was significantly smaller, with just twelve to fourteen students. The college grew significantly from the 15th century onward, and began offering rooms to its students. The College motto is "Floreat Exon.", meaning "Let Exeter Flourish".In the 16th century, donations from Sir William Petre (whose daughter Dorothy Wadham (1534–1618) co-founded Wadham College, Oxford), assumed to be an Exeter graduate, helped to expand and transform the college. Sir John Acland (d.1620), a Devonshire gentleman, donated £800 which largely financed the building of a new dining hall, and also established two scholarships for poor students, the first to be created at the college. In a clever move by the bursar to fill the new buildings as they were completed, a significant number of noble Roman Catholic students were invited to enrol and take classes at the enlarged college; however, they were not allowed to matriculate. As a result, over time, Exeter College became one of the leading colleges in the University.
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  • As part of our Oxford City and University Walking Tour we were taken throughout the stunning college which is located in the heart of Oxford next to the Bodleian Library. We were lucky enough to be gi...  more »
  • College featured in last episode of Morse. Unable to go into college at time of visit but porter allowed me in to take a photo of place where Morse collapsed at end of episode. After taking a 2 hour M...  more »
  • I have visited before and on this occasion I went to a performance of Dvorak's 'Stabat Mater' in the chapel. However, entrance normally is from 2pm - 5pm on most days and free. Unfortunately, the Fell...  more »
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  • Fine, ancient college as well as film set for The Golden Compass and many episodes of Morse - in fact, the great Inspector collapsed in Exeter's front quad towards the end of his final episode.
  • I loved staying here during my summer abroad! My favorite spot is the garden in the second Quad with a great view of Radcliffe square
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  • A lovely collage it's like a church

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An inexpensive alternative to Oxford's pricey hotels, historical college room lodgings provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the city's old-world academic atmosphere without having to pass exams. Offering more than just comfortable beds and warm meals, centrally located college B&Bs provide visitors with a glimpse into the ancient world of Oxford academia. These rooms are mainly available during school vacations, when students clear out of their dormitories. At other times of year, explore the varied world of Oxford's elegant hotels and private guesthouses.
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