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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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  • My first ever visit to Oxford last Saturday. Came with my old university choir to perform choral work by our conductor (an alumni of Keble College himself) - pretty sizable college and the chapel insi...  more »
  • Gorgeous place that encloses all the philosophy and culture of a British College. Is an attraction.
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  • I'm biased towards Keble as my son studied for his BA there. The painting of The Light of the World is stunning and hangs beautifully in the Sacristy of their beautiful chapel.  more »
  • I felt like I was in Harry Potter here. There's a very famous painting called 'light of the world' in the chapel. It's a pre-raphaelite painting by Holman Hunt.
  • 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!
  • Stunning location with accommodation and excellent breakfast available
  • Keble is one of my favorite colleges in the whole of Oxford. It's beautiful. The grounds are gorgeous, the cathedral is quite ornate, and the brick colors are unique from the other colleges. Absolutely worth a visit.
  • I've used Keble College accommodation for visiting concert artists at Oxford Proms concerts in the Sheldonian Theatre and have had very good feedback.
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