St John's College

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St John's College
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Founded in 1555 and named after St. John the Baptist, patron saint of tailors, this Oxford college is best known for its Canterbury Quad with its impressive classical architecture.
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK939 contributions
Beautiful buildings and grounds
Dec 2019 • Couples
St John’s history stretches back to 1555 when the college was founded by Sir Thomas White, a wealthy London merchant tailor. In the week between Christmas and New Year it was one of the few colleges still open to the public. At that time of the year, the college was very peaceful and atmospheric and we enjoyed wandering around the quadrangle and gardens and admiring the beautiful old stone buildings. Admission free.
Written January 2, 2020
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anglicano
Knutsford, UK209 contributions
A fine College
Dec 2019
We attended a very good carol service in the chapel here. Then we had refeshments in Hall. Both venues were most attrarctive and everyone was very friendly and welcoming.
Written December 15, 2019
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Gauldie2015
Dundee, UK2,466 contributions
Pretty Building
Feb 2019 • Couples
Stumbled on this as we walked around Oxford and found a pretty building in a very quiet and peaceful part of Oxford.

Lovely old stone buildings set around courtyards and tidy grounds.

Not much to see but pretty nonetheless.
Written October 15, 2019
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,658 contributions
Interesting college
Sep 2019
Attractive college with extensive grounds which are delightful for a relaxing walk. Interesting trees and shrubs
Written September 8, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Beautiful example of a mediaeval Oxford College
Aug 2019 • Solo
I should declare a personal interest because this is where my son studied for his first degree many years ago, so I know the college well. Unfortunately it was closed to the public when I visited this time so I got no further than the Porters’ Lodge. Even so you can get a good view of the Quad from here and an impression of the grandeur of the architecture In the older parts of the college. It is very well worth visiting when most of the colleges are open for visitors, for example early in September.
Written August 9, 2019
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923Dan
Swindon, UK2,692 contributions
Its a college at a city based University
Jul 2019 • Friends
Walking through Oxford, stopped off out of curiosity at St John's College of Oxford University to see what all the fuss is about.
Its a college at a city based University - what else needs to be said.
If you like seeing students go off to lectures - go for it.
Otherwise, there are lots of other interesting sights in Oxford!
Written July 18, 2019
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stephencamburn
Chinon, France172 contributions
St. John's College Oxford - my home for five years!
Oct 2018 • Solo
I am a graduate alumnus of St. John's College Oxford and although I came down from Oxford with a doctorate as long ago as 1982, I have remained very much in contact with the college.

St John's is one of the most beautiful colleges in the University of Oxford which is studded with buildings of great architectural beauty and historical significance. St. John's has recently recovered from major building works to provide the college with a beautiful and greatly needed new library to augment the oold library that was founded by a previous President of the college, Archbishop Laud who lost his head on Tower Hill in the early seventeenth century.

Like all Oxford colleges, St. John's is only open to the public at certain times of the day in term-time and you should always check on these hours in advance. As you step into the college (and it is easy to trip over the step in the wooden door, so be careful) what you see is the oldest part of college, dating back to the sixteenth century, certain parts of it even going back to the late middle ages. Walk straight ahead under an arch into Canternbury Quad, one of the most beautiful seveteenth century architectural environments in England. It is laid out in the Italian style of Inigo Jones with sprung arches and bronze statues of King Charles I and his Queen by Hubert Le Seuer over each porch. Continue walking straight into the garden which was originally laid out by 'Capability' Brown in the eighteenth century and currently recovering from the redevelopment necessary for the new library.

Retrace your steps and from the Front Quad enter the porch which leads to the Chapel on your right and the Dining-Hall on your left. The Chapel should be open and is worth seeing as a jewel-box of seventeenth century ecclesiastical art from the eagle pulpit to the statuary and ancient inscriptions on the walls. The organ has recently been restored and if you are lucky the organ scholar might be playing the organ during your visit.

From the Chapel, the passage way will take you into North Quad which is mainly nineteenth century in construction but with the seventeenth century classical building of the dons' senior common room on your right. Further along the quad on the right are modern 1960s buildings called the Bee-Hive (because that's what they resesmble) which were cutting-edge in their time but no longer to all tastes. In the far corner of the North Quad there is a short passage leading out onto the Sir Thomas White Building which is now nearly forty-five years old and a good example of modern architecture adapting well to the needs of modern undergraduates and research scholars. I lived there very happily, once upon a time!
Written February 16, 2019
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Karen M
Daylesford, Australia1,193 contributions
The wealthiest college in Oxford!
Nov 2018 • Couples
This lovely college was founded in 1555, the architecture of this college is quite stunning & it is a must to visit.
Written November 21, 2018
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34Doris
Oxford, UK119 contributions
Hooray for John's
Dec 2017 • Business
Howdee! What could be better, than a trip in a punt and a dive from the Bridge of Sighs? You Britishers surely know how to do heritage - and none more so than here. A most exquisite lawn, where famous old boys Frank Butcher, Frankie Fraser and Nicholas Parsons sauntered. I love the old library, with its first edition of The Bible and Philip Pullman's book "Dusty".
Written February 19, 2018
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rayrest
London, UK7,342 contributions
Awesome quad
Feb 2018 • Couples
Founded in 1555 and named after John the Baptist, this college has some fantastic architecture in its Canterbury quad. Awesome experience.
Written February 4, 2018
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