Ultimate Guide to New College Oxford
Despite its name, New College is one of the oldest in Oxford. Founded in 1379 by then-Bishop of Winchester, William of Wykeham, the college was originally named in honour of St Mary the Virgin. It was the second college to be so-named (after Oriel), and developed it’s new title colloquially over the course of the 15th century.
New College boasts a number of unique elements. When William of Wykeham purchased the plot of land in the early 1370s, he agreed to a covenant set by the Mayor of Oxford obliging him to maintain the stretch of the city wall that runs through the college. This stretch is the last remaining example of the original city wall, constructed in 911 AD. In addition, the Cloisters featured in a well-known Harry Potter scene; and the college Quadrangle, now a typically Oxonian architectural feature, was the University’s first. Find out more about this College on our Oxford University & City Tour, below.
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