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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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  • We stayed in the college overnight and it was a really great location. Nice grounds and welcoming staff. Room was spacious & clean with tea and coffeee making facilities. Breakfast was included & the ...  more »
  • Two lovely quads within a historic setting of wonderful buildings. Take a few moments to walk round the quads and then visit the Chapel in the corner - you can smell the candles. Lastly visit the main...  more »
  • Oriel college was founded by King Edward the second in 1326 and is located on the high street in Oxford city centre. It has a great library and chapel and is well worth visiting.  more »
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  • Promoting Rhodes. Gardens a bit bleak.
  • The fifth oldest college at Oxford, very nice.
  • Best college ever! Just don't use washing up liquid on the 3rd quad lawn - the gardener goes skitz.
  • extremely unkind and unprofessional the receptionist was.
  • Beautiful college
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