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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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  • Not the easiest of colleges to find but well worth the effort; the lake is a delight and the ancient quads quaint 
  • Worcester College is open to the public between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. It is a lovely place with well kept gardens and lawns. There is currently some building work going on but the main quad remain...  more »
  • Well worth a visit and a walk by the lake. The magnolias are magnificent when they are in bloom, and you won't be too crowded as it is not on the High St. 
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  • Oft-overlooked college for visitors, but definitely amongst the most picturesque. Be aware of its limited opening hours to the public, however.
  • Nice place to relax and enjoy the sun :)
  • Beautiful college and great park with a lake. Into the chapel I have listened a lot of awesome choral evensongs...
  • This is great
  • Gorgeous college campus