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Keble College, Oxford

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Keble College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Its main buildings are on Parks Road, opposite the University Museum and the University Parks. The college is bordered to the north by Keble Road, to the south by Museum Road, and to the west by Blackhall Road. It is the largest college by rooms at Oxford.
Keble was established in 1870, having been built as a monument to John Keble. John Keble had been a leading member of the Oxford Movement, which sought to stress the Catholic nature of the Church of England. Consequently, the College traditionally placed a considerable emphasis on theological teaching, although this is less the case now. In the period after the Second World War the trends were towards scientific courses (the major area devoted to science east of the University Museum influenced this) and eventually co-education for men and women from 1979 onwards. As originally constituted it was for men only and the fellows were mostly bachelors resident in the college.
It remains distinctive for its still-controversial neo-gothic red-brick buildings designed by William Butterfield. The buildings are also notable for breaking from Oxbridge tradition by arranging rooms along corridors rather than around staircases, in order that the scouts could supervise the comings and goings of visitors. (Girton College, Cambridge, similarly breaks this tradition).
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  • The location is fabulous and the food, well, it's British. That's a lot of talk for a good understanding. But it's a closed place for students, residents and congressmen-that was my case.
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  • I don't know much about the college, but William Holman Hunt's 'Light of the World' hangs in the chapel here. In my opinion, t's one of the most beautiful Pre-Raphaelite paintings and I don't think an...  more »
  • This is a beautifully built set of brick buildings, with a stunning Chapel. Housed within the Chapel's Sacristy is William Holman Hunt's Light of the World painting, depicting Jesus holding a lamp and...  more »
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  • One of the most famous college in which a lot of people come from outside countries for education, very nice place, good infrastructure and awesome architecture, good environment, very nice staff on site and their behavior is too good, easiness of education, hard working staff.
  • Booked a single ensuite quad facing. However, room 3006 faces the Pusey Quad not the main one. Slight disappointment Overall, the room itself is clean and spacious. There’s a fridge
  • best food youre gunna eat ever
  • Amazing bricks and wonderful people
  • As others have said, Keble is one the most striking architectural gems in Oxford and so very different from the other colleges. A must see on any visit!
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