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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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  • Among the dozens of college present at Oxford this impressed me for the really charming courtyard in prato with beautiful chapel on the left (note the organ with the reeds painted) and the Hall to the right.
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  • J.R.R. Tolkien was an undergraduate and Philip Pullman based Jordan College on Exeter. Beautiful chapel with links to William Morris arts & craft movement. Fellows garden looked gorgeous in the Spring...  more »
  • Went on an organised tour with 'Bella' through the Visitors' Information Centre. Was very enjoyable although extremely cold. She took us into Exeter College during the tour and it was really interesti...  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
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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.
  • A lovely collage it's like a church
  • Beautiful place, the church is also a must-see!