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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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  • Choral evensong at Worcestershire College Chapel is a delight. I went to view the chapel itself, being a fan of its architect, the soul-inspiring William Burges. And it is indeed an High Victorian wow...  more »
  • Though Worcester is not as central as other colleges, the grounds and the main quad are as pretty, if not prettier, as some of the more popular ones. It is open for visitors in the afternoon, and they...  more »
  • Beautiful college, I imagined having had the privilege of having studied there with young, with its beautiful and manicured gardens, their incredible chapel with stained glass windows and the Lake with ducks, dream!
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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