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Exeter College, Oxford

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Exeter College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England and the fourth oldest college of the University.The college is located on Turl Street, where it was founded in 1314 by Devon-born Walter de Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter, as a school to educate clergymen. At its foundation Exeter was popular with the sons of the Devonshire gentry, though has since become associated with a much broader range of notable alumni, including William Morris, J. R. R. Tolkien, Richard Burton, Roger Bannister, Alan Bennett, and Philip Pullman., the college had an estimated financial endowment of £48.7 million.HistoryStill situated in its original location in Turl Street, Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapledon of Devon, Bishop of Exeter and later treasurer to Edward II, as a school to educate clergy. During its first century, it was known as Stapeldon Hall and was significantly smaller, with just twelve to fourteen students. The college grew significantly from the 15th century onward, and began offering rooms to its students. The College motto is "Floreat Exon.", meaning "Let Exeter Flourish".
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  • Had the most delicious afternoon tea in the great hall , food and service amazing would recommend very highly. Grounds are beautiful and the fellows garden with its lovely view of the Radcliffe... 
    Had the most delicious afternoon tea in the great hall , food and service amazing would recommend very highly. Grounds are beautiful and the fellows garden with its lovely view of the Radcliffe...  more »
  • We visited couple of Colleges in Oxford & Exeter was one of them. There is a lovely garden as we entered and Chapel is beautiful. Dining hall was closed to visitors. Overall its like any other... 
    We visited couple of Colleges in Oxford & Exeter was one of them. There is a lovely garden as we entered and Chapel is beautiful. Dining hall was closed to visitors. Overall its like any other...  more »
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  • I love this place. If you go round the square, walk to the garden and climb the stairs you will have a privileged view of the Radcliffe camera. This is one of my favourite spots in Oxford. Highly recommended.
  • I'm an alumnus of the college and have visited frequently since leaving 15 years ago. I have never seen the college look so unloved before. The iconic Virginia creeper has been allowed to die; a third of the quad is still brown and dead from a temporary dining area they took down many months ago. The pride and prestige, the veneration of centuries of learning that I used to find so thrilling is indiscernible. Young students have been robbed of too much as it since the pandemic, please don't rob them of this too.

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