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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 had a financial endowment of £16.7 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.Buildings and groundsThe buildings are diverse, especially in the main quadrangle: 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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  • This college is open to the public free of charge every afternoon unless there is an event on. You can walk in peace around the beautiful grounds and lake. It is handy for the main coach station which...  read more »
  • A lovely college part of Oxford's 37. The campus has prize winning gardens and a beautiful lake running through. Worth taking a walk around. 
  • Worcester is not as grand as other colleges and does not charge admission so it is not visited so much however although the entrance is very understated once inside you can get a much better idea of h...  read more »
  • Oft-overlooked college for visitors, but definitely amongst the most picturesque. Be aware of its limited opening hours to the public, however.
  • Beautiful college and great park with a lake. Into the chapel I have listened a lot of awesome choral evensongs...
  • Beautiful college and grounds. Off the main tourist trail but a real hidden gem
  • Gorgeous college campus
  • I was a postgraduate undergraduate there from 1968 to 1970. It was wonderful then; it is more wonderful now.
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