Corpus Christi College

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Corpus Christi College
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Founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, then Bishop of Winchester, this is the smallest Oxford college with approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate students.
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WalsallLass
Walsall, UK82 contributions
A garden worth the visit
Jun 2021 • Family
Minuscule college, small but perfect. I am one of those privileged people whose child attends CCC, so I have visited quite a few times. Of course, the Pelican is what most people will want to see. As far as I am concerned, I particularly enjoy the garden, which is small but so beautiful. When we visited firt on open day, it was the terrace that sold it to my then teenager. She still loves the terrace and the garden.
Written July 6, 2021
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Wayne K
Hamilton, New Zealand1,264 contributions
Small but good
May 2019 • Couples
Visited as part of a walking tour.
A good example of the colleges.
As a rule you get to visit the hall and the chapel, both are a delight.
Nice, peaceful garden out the back.
Written May 30, 2019
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Simon K
Portsmouth, UK106 contributions
MANY OF THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE - LIKE OXFORD'S CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE - ARE FREE!
Nov 2018 • Solo
One of the delightful little ironies which become obvious when attempting to visit all thirty-eight of the autonomous and independent Colleges, which together constitute the world-famous University of Oxford, is that (as a general rule) the larger, older and richer the institution concerned, the more of their hard-earned money casual visitors must part with in order to have a look around.
This principle certainly holds true for the beautiful little Corpus Christi College, which admits tourists of all kinds for free, whilst its much bigger and wealthier neighbours, Christ Church and Merton, charge adults £10 and £3 respectively for the privilege of a self-guided tour.
Tucked away in a quiet corner off Merton Street, in the south-east quadrant of Oxford's City Centre, Corpus Christi College - or, more formally, "The President and the Scholars of the College of the Body of Christ" - was founded in 1517 by Richard Foxe, Bishop of Winchester, in order to encourage the "New Learning" of the Renaissance.
In terms of both size and numbers - 252 undergraduates and 93 graduates - Corpus Christi is one of the smallest of the Oxford University Colleges, but at the same time it happens to be one of the most beautiful, as well as one of the more academic.
It took seven years (1513-20) for Master Mason William Vertue's team of craftsmen to complete the main buildings of Corpus Christi College, at which time it was said to have the finest academic library to be found anywhere in Europe.
One of Corpus Christi's lasting claims to fame is the role which its academic staff members played, not only in the production of the King James Bible, but also in the establishment of the post-Reformation Church of England. Originally a male-only eastablishment, Corpus Christi College first admitted women students in 1979 and currently has, in Dr. Helen Moore, a female President.
Corpus Christi College is open to casual visitors from 13.30-16.30 every day and a free map is available from the Porter's Lodge. The crowning glory of the Main Quad(rangle) is the Pelican Sundial, a tall pillar of honey-coloured limestone surmounted by a golden Pelican, which was designed by Charles Turnball and built in 1570. There are actually 27 separate Sundials within this imposing structure, upon whose shaft is also carved a matrix which allows readers to tell the time by moonlight!
The main College Garden, incorporating into its perimeter part of the Medieval City Wall, faces south across Christ Church Meadow and offers an excellent and unusual view of Oxford's adjacent Anglican Cathedral. The beautiful Chapel of Corpus Christi College is always open to visitors. Ordinary members of the public may, of course, attend the service of Evensong which takes place at 17.45 on Sundays during term time, even when the College is otherwise closed.
Written November 12, 2018
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34Doris
Oxford, UK119 contributions
Amazing
Feb 2018 • Business
Hey there. Take it easy! I am Dietmar from Germany, wanting to be in European Unions with you! This college small but small is beauty, I say. The sundial stands proud, and is accurate for time. Great British political leaders the Milliband boys studied here - one likes bendy bananas, the other gobbling - a bacon sandwich. All is good. Famous old codgers of the college include Hans Gottenburg Van Spreaegle - inventor of kinde homes for sad boys und Sir Chris Eubank - fist user.
Written February 18, 2018
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rayrest
London, UK7,342 contributions
Pelican
Feb 2018 • Couples
Founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, the bishop of Winchester, is one, if not the smallest colleges of Oxford. The whole of the front quad on Merton Street is original and the quad's sundial is topped by a pelican, which is the colleges symbol.
Written February 8, 2018
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Gregory H
31 contributions
A tiny jewel in the heart of the Crown of English cities
Jun 2017 • Solo
Visitors to England should not miss seeing Oxford - the city Hitler forbade the Luftwaffe from bombing because he wanted to make it his home after the fall of Britain to the Nazis. And aside from all the grand delights of the City of Dreaming Spires is to be found one of the smallest, and most charming, of the Oxford Colleges. Corpus Christi College celebrated its quincentenary in 2017. It remains a quiet, charming haven sandwiched between the rather more grand Christchurch, Oriel and Merton. Through the main gate one enters its beautiful main quad, with the magnificent Pelican sundial at its centre. The pelican is, of course, plucking at its own breast and drawing blood - an ancient symbol of the eucharist. Corpus Christi, indeed. Corpus is very small, and won't take you long to visit - but find the Hall (to the left of the main Quad) and the gardens (to the rear).
Written December 27, 2017
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allanmaciver
Aberdeen, UK285 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2017 • Solo
This college can be found next to Merton College, I would have walked past it had the door not been open. I was given a warm welcome and I paid my £2 entrance fee. The lady on duty told me what there was to see and where the Chapel was and I was free to wander and enjoy.
The Chapel is well hidden within the College Bounds but I turned a handle and here I was in the most compact and beautiful Chapel. The heating was on, the lights were on and it was nice and cosy.
I love visiting the different colleges in Oxford it just gives you a greater sense of the history of this amazing City.
Written September 26, 2017
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Thomas H
Halmstad, Sweden429 contributions
One more
Dec 2016
You can dream about all the intelligent young men (and women) that has been here in the good old days.
Written September 14, 2017
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futtock21
London, UK11,093 contributions
12th oldest Oxford college
Jun 2017 • Solo
Extraordinary to think that despite being founded in 1517 (by the then Bishop of Winchester, Richard Fox) Corpus Christi is still only the 12th oldest Oxford college. It's also one of the smallest both in terms of its size and undergraduate population of around 230 and graduate population of around 120. Its most celebrated features are the 1581 Pelican sundial, the library of similar vintage praised by Erasmus as a wonder of the world, still intact today boasting 60,000 volumes in three languages, one of which is Latin. Not surprising then that Literiae Humaniores (classics) is by far and away the most popular subject here. Surprising then that both the Milliband brothers Ed and David studied here.
Written June 16, 2017
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John H
Oxford, UK14 contributions
End of Term
Dec 2016 • Solo
Excellent welcome from the Lodge Porter, who gave me a brief insight in to the College history, soon celebrating 500 years from founding.
Well worth a visit, to see the Pelican sun dial.
Written December 5, 2016
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