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.Make Exeter College a centerpiece of your Oxford vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Oxford vacation route planner.
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The chapel at Exeter is stunning. There is a huge pre-raph tapestry and the chapel itself is beautifully ornate, replete with lovely carvings, gold leaf and a well adorned organ. The view from the mou... read more »
This College is found on Turl Street and is a refreshingly perfect example of the smaller college having concentrated calm when compared to 'The House' and other large colleges. But above all, the 19t... read more »
Exeter is one of the oldest college in Oxford. But we went here because we are a die hard fans of LOTR, thus we wanted to see where Tolkien once studied. Only went to the inner courtyard and took some... read more »
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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
Beautiful place, the church is also a must-see!
A lovely collage it's like a church
Such a beautiful College, with incredible gardens and views in the back of the Radcliffe Square
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