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Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed December 27, 2017

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).

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

You can dream about all the intelligent young men (and women) that has been here in the good old days.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Thomas H
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Reviewed June 16, 2017

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.

Date of experience: June 2017
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