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Oriel College, Oxford

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Oriel College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. Located in Oriel Square, the college has the distinction of being the oldest royal foundation in Oxford (a title formerly claimed by University College, whose claim of being founded by King Alfred is no longer promoted). In recognition of this royal connection, the college has also been known as King's College and King's Hall. The reigning monarch of the United Kingdom (since 1952, Elizabeth II) is the official Visitor of the College.The original medieval foundation set up by Adam de Brome, under the patronage of Edward II, was called the House or Hall of the Blessed Mary at Oxford. The first design allowed for a Provost and ten Fellows, called 'scholars', and the College remained a small body of graduate Fellows until the 16th century, when it started to admit undergraduates. During the English Civil War, Oriel played host to high-ranking members of the King's Oxford Parliament.
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  • Beautiful little college - one of the older ones of Oxford University. Quaint little gardens/squares - through little archways, etc.  more »
  • Right on the High Street - plenty to see at this, one of the smaller colleges, made up of three quads . Dining room is quite small but amazing. Chapel and library worth a peek too on set visitor days....  more »
  • Some nice buildings in the college. The chapel is nice but unfortunately was cold inside which slightly spoilt the visit.  more »
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  • It's stunningly beautiful!
  • Promoting Rhodes. Gardens a bit bleak.
  • The fifth oldest college at Oxford, very nice.
  • extremely unkind and unprofessional the receptionist was.
  • Best college ever! Just don't use washing up liquid on the 3rd quad lawn - the gardener goes skitz.