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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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  • Helpful porter, super garden with the promised view which lived up to expectation, and the bonus of catching an organ practice in the beautiful chapel. 
  • I was here for a week and very much enjoyed gardens, dining hall and Church. Especially the rear College garden is a real gem.
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  • 据说这是当时钱钟书所在的学院,可是已经完全找不到钱老的踪影了。 进门左转应该是教堂吧,哥特式的建筑,高高的塔尖,浮雕不只是什么人物。再回过头来看,对面的楼比这边似乎还要更精彩。同类型的建筑风格,但细节之处却不同。 特别小的学院,再往里面走,就是现代化的建筑,和古老的学院似乎不搭调。 
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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!