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Worcester College, Oxford

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Worcester College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. The college was founded in 1714 by the benefaction of Sir Thomas Cookes, a Worcestershire baronet, with the college gaining its name from the county of Worcestershire. Its predecessor, Gloucester College, had been an institution of learning on the same site since the late 13th century until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.
, Worcester College had a financial endowment of £73 million.
Notable alumni of the college include the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, television producer and screenwriter Russell T Davies, US Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan, actress Emma Watson and novelist Richard Adams.
The buildings are diverse, especially in the main quadrangle: looking down into the main quadrangle from the entrance through the main building, to the right is an imposing eighteenth century building in the neo-classical style; and to the left a row of medieval buildings known as "the cottages", which are among the oldest residential buildings in Oxford. These cottages are the most substantial surviving part of Gloucester College, Worcester's predecessor on the same site: this was a college for Benedictine monks, founded in 1283 and dissolved with the Dissolution of the Monasteries in about 1539.
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  • We were passing Worcester College on our way back to car after visiting the Ashmolean Museum nearby, and took the opportunity to have a walk round the grounds. Lovely old buildings and beautifully kep...  more »
  • On the western edge of the city and a short walk from the central colleges, this gets fewer visitors and is a lot quieter. There’s the additional bonus that the college is free! Visitors are attracted...  more »
  • A quick visit while it was raining heavely today, but we did get a glims of the very beautiful quadrants. The gardens were amazing, and the church one of the nicest we seen in Oxford.  more »
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  • Lovely setting, beautiful lunch. Great bar !
  • Lovely forecourt and grounds with some magnificent trees. Accommodation in student rooms is comfortable and quiet. No WiFi. Children not allowed.
  • Although this is a beautiful huge College in the centre of Oxford. It is not over run by tourist. It is situated next to a busy road but once you're inside you are transported into another world. There's a cricket Pavillion, a boathouse, an Orchard and even a lake.
  • Stunning college with very beautiful grounds and an lake. Visiting hours only between 14:00 and 16:00 (as of May 17). Worth a visit to the ornate chapel too.
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