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Trinity College, Oxford

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Trinity College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. The college was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas Pope, on land previously occupied by Durham College, home to Benedictine monks from Durham Cathedral.Despite its large size, the college is relatively small in terms of student numbers at approximately 400. As of July 2013, Trinity had a financial endowment of £104.2 million.Trinity has produced three British prime ministers, placing it joint-second with Balliol College in terms of former students who have held the office.HistoryDurham CollegeThe site where Trinity College now stands was originally occupied by Durham College, built for Benedictine monks from Durham Cathedral. This college had been founded after land was bought in 1291, though monks had been sent to Oxford for a few years previous to this. Durham College was built around a single quadrangle, now known as the Durham Quadrangle. The only major surviving building from the Durham College foundation is the east range of Durham Quad, containing the Old Library, which dates from 1421, although elements of the pre-Reformation fabric also survive on the opposite side of the quad, at either end of the 17th-century hall. The site was surrendered to the crown in March 1545, being granted to private owners in 1553. They were then acquired by civil servant Thomas Pope on 20 February 1555 (February 1554 as then was), who used them to found Trinity College 16 days later. Durham College was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, St Cuthbert, and the Trinity, and it is thought that Trinity College took its name from the last element of this dedication.
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  • August 21, 2017
    The Balliol neighbor (we can do both, starting at 10: 00 this busy morning), Trinity College seems smaller than its competitors. This does not detract from its interest, on the contrary, because everything can be seen in other colleges, is concentrated here, and for the better, particularly in its gardens, (a gardener's dream) and in his Chapel, remarkably decorated (stained glass, painted ceiling, organ, finely crafted inlaid and decorated with cherubs altarpiece). There is something very precious and almost feminine (in contrast to other very martial Oxford colleges) who emerges from the place and who is also confirmed on a tour where are four women who include astronomy, medicine, geometry and theology. Evidence that the English were already very 'open mind' before the time. An open mind that fits well with Trinity College, itself very open on the street (in contrast to other colleges locked behind their walls) by grids that incite into this strange universe (for a Cartesian mind coupled with a french egalitarianism inherited of the Revolution) that tradition perpetuates today between a progressive conservatism and a creative vitality who see in the shelves of his rich library and which might also inspire us.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful small gardens. Chapel is very nice and building construction is gorgeous; guided tour with a student cost 2pounds per person and last no more than 30 min. You have a superficial view of the ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We recently visited Trinity College for the first time, paying £2 per adult to visit the grounds and the chapel. Based in the centre of Oxford on Broad Street, it is easy for tourists to walk to, the ...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens which cant be seen from Broad street, you have to visit plus the historic Durham quad, this beats any other college in the area.
  • Nothing To visited. A garden where we can not go. It's beautiful, yes but It's not a place to visited. No home.
  • A historical and old college. It has lots of memories.
  • More like a country house than a college in some respects, as its set in lovely gardens. Not quite as prestigious as its neighbouring Balliol, though.
  • This is not the most impressive of the Oxford colleges, but it is a lovely place to enjoy both history and the small garden.

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