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Posted: September 7, 2013 in Oxfordshire, UK
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Balliol College

Balliol College

In broad Street at the heart of Oxford is Balliol College. This college founded in 1263, claims to be the oldest in Oxford, although this is disputed by other colleges. Part of this dispute revolves around the difference between the date of foundation and the date of the actual buildings to house the colleges as in some cases this was quite a lengthy period of time. It was founded by John De Balliol, who was the grandfather of the first Balliol King of Scotland.

Sheldonian


Sheldonian

Sheldonian


Sheldonian

Sheldonian

Sheldonian

At the end of Broad Street is the Sheldonian, which was built in 1664-68 by Christopher Wren. It was originally intended as a hall for degree ceremonies, as Archbishop Laud, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, considered these occasions too rowdy , to be held in the University Church. Today it is also used for lectures and concerts.