Founded in 1314 by then-Bishop of Exeter Walter de Stapleton, Exeter College is the fourth oldest at The University of Oxford. The college was initially developed to provide education to the younger generations of the Exter gentry, but rapidly developed over the course of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Though Exeter College is most closely associated with JRR Tolkien, the college has been home to a myriad of well-known names:
While the college is still situated on its original site, the only building remaining from those early years is Palmer’s Tower. Constructed in 1432, it once formed the entrance to the college but now is assigned to offices and Fellows’ accommodation. The Tower sits opposite the college chapel; a stunning design by Sir George Gilbert Scott, which dominates the Front Quadrangle.
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