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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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  • Trinity is stunning in setting; it feels like century an enchanted world. The spacious grounds are very attractive. However, it has to be said that the college is utterly obscure, with almost no one o...  more »
  • Not to be missed and highly recommended if you are going to Oxford to spend the day. But you will be wanting to, important to go soon because the colleges close in the afternoons to the public.
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  • Trinity is one of the quintessential Oxford colleges. Not quite as grand as Christchurch. It is perhaps in a slightly more central location and is right near where some of the walking tours of Oxford ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Gorgeous college campus
  • Beautiful lawns and architecture
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