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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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  • Seen only from outside unfortunately, but still beautiful gardens and amazing facade. Definitely to visit.
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  • What a pretty college. The courtyard is very picturesque and beautifully kept of course. The chapel is also interesting with a mixture of very old and slightly less old.  more »
  • This college is another of the ancient, steeped in history. It is the college associated with a fundamental historical fact: the Oxford Movement. It was here that Cardinal Newman decided to leave the Anglican Church to move to the Catholic (Roman) Church. Normally you can not visit, but it is worth peeking out from the "lodge" and seeing, even from the outside, the "Newman Oratory", on the first floor on the right as seen from the outside.
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  • Best college ever! Just don't use washing up liquid on the 3rd quad lawn - the gardener goes skitz.
  • The fifth oldest college at Oxford, very nice.
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