Oxford, OXF Universities & Colleges
Founded in 1263 by John Balliol, one of King Henry III's most devout Lords, and his Scottish princess wife Dervorguilla. Noted alumni include the translator of the Bible John Wyclif, writers Aldous Huxley and Robertson Davies, and many cabinet ministers and ambassadors. Today the lively college is formed of diverse communities.
The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, officially opening its doors to readers in 1602 but dating back much further. The central buildings are comprised of Duke Humfrey's Library above the Divinity School, the Radcliffe Camera (the first circular library in England), the Old Schools Quadrangle, and the Clarendon Building. Seven other dependent libraries are connected with Bodleian and are located throughout Oxford. Rare books, a copyright deposit library, and many interesting manuscripts are housed in the buildings.
The University of Oxford is the oldest English speaking university in the world - it began schooling over eight centuries ago. Today, over 16,000 people study in Oxford, with approximately a quarter of the population being from other nations. Visitors may enjoy the many museums on the premises, as well as the lovely gardens.
This smaller college is comprised of splendid gardens and buildings, and is affiliated with the University of Oxford. A few of the buildings still standing were once a part of Durham College and date back to 1280. Sir Thomas Pope bought the site and established Trinity in 1550 and the picturesque surroundings attract many visitors in the summer.