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Queen's College, Oxford

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The Queen's College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford, England. The college was founded in 1341 by Robert de Eglesfield (d'Eglesfield) in honour of Queen Philippa of Hainault (wife of King Edward III of England). The college is distinguished by its predominantly neoclassical architecture, which includes buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
In 2015, the college had an endowment of £265 million, making it the fifth wealthiest college (after St. John's, Christ Church, All Souls and Merton).
The college was founded in 1341 as "Hall of the Queen's scholars of Oxford" by Robert de Eglesfield (d'Eglesfield), chaplain to Queen Philippa of Hainault (the wife of King Edward III of England), after whom the hall was named. Robert's aim was to provide clergymen for his native Cumberland and where he lived in Westmorland (both part of modern Cumbria). In addition the college was to provide charity for the poor. The college's coat of arms is that of the founder; it differs slightly from his family's coat of arms, which did not include the gold star on the breast of the first eagle. The current coat of arms was adopted by d'Eglesfield because he was unable to use his family's arms, being the younger son. d'Eglesfield had grand plans for the college with a provost, twelve fellows studying theology, up to thirteen chaplains, and seventy-two poor boys. However the college did not have the funding to support such numbers and initially had just two fellows.
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  • Walk around Westgate and M&S, first to the left is the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, followed by The Queen's College building. The church building was so majestic that i didn't know where the church came from at first. I think that it is good to proceed while checking the current location in Google map. There were a lot of tourists in the area where a lot of college gathered.
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  • Having gone to many colleges in the day we were on our way back to the park and ride and came across Queens college We only got as far as the Porters lodge but it has a very attractive quod  more »
  • A rather exclusive College. My first time in 25 years in Oxford. It has spectacular views of the Oxford skyline.  more »
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  • Beautiful college, with gorgeous architecture. Stunning library. Very friendly and like other colleges in city centre, once you walk through the entrance gates you're really in another world, seemingly far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • It's a lovely place to work and everyone is very friendly. Beautiful surroundings.
  • Queens College has one of the more imposing and spectacular facades in Oxford High Street, or The High, as it is known to the locals. The alcoves along the front were presumably for status at one time. Photography is often difficult as a wide selection of buses stop outside the college. If open, it is worth a visit as the interior is just as impressive as it's exterior.
  • I worked at queen's college beginning of y2k in kitchen, the chef was amazing and the food that was served was top class. Lovely place to work, great view stunning grounds and just couple minutes walking your bang in city centre.
  • Architecturally similar in various ways to other Colleges, but with arguably the city's most beautiful library (not normally open to the public).
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