Brasenose College, Oxford

Brasenose College: Chapel Quad
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Founded in 1509 (and named for a brass knocker shaped like a lion's nose), Brasenose College occupies three attractive quads just off Radcliffe Square. Its 17th-century chapel has splendid painted fan vaults.

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318639
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Names
Brasenose College
Address
Radcliffe Square
Oxford, England
OX1 4AJ
Postcode
OX1 4AJ
Coordinates
51.753055° N, 1.254668° W
Email
college.office@bnc.ox.ac.uk
Phone
01865 277 830
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Description of Brasenose College

Brasenose College has an intimate and cozy feel that is typical of the smaller late medieval colleges. It is clustered around three main quadrangles, none very large. Entrance to the college is from Radcliffe Square.

Timeline

1509
Founding of Brasenose College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford, is founded by Bishop William Smythe of Lincoln and Sir Richard Sutton to replace an academic hall of the same name.

1333
Brasenose knocker stolen

A "brazen-nose" door knocker known as the is swiped from an academic hall, latter to become Brasenose College, by a group of Oxford dons and students. They take it to Stamford, where they hope to found a rival university.

1890

Brasenose College purchases the house in Stamford on which the stolen brazen-nose knocker is displayed. Today it is displayed in the Hall.

1882

Construction of the New Quadrangle and renovation of the chapel by T.G. Jackson.

1509

Construction of the Old Quad at Brasenose College.

1656
Construction of the Chapel Quad, Chapel, and Library

Construction of the Chapel Quad, chapel, and library of Brasenose College during the Interregnum.

1613
A giant visits Brasenose College

A Lancashire giant named John Middleton, better known as The Childe of Hale, visits Brasenose College (which has many Lancashire students). A life-sized portrait of him is painted and his huge hand is carved on a stone. To this day, the Brasenose College boat is always named Childe of Hale after him.

September 17, 2005
June 30, 2007
October 5, 2007

Resources

  1. Oxford: An Architectural Guide
  2. Blue Guide Oxford & Cambridge, 6th ed.
  3. Buildings of England: Oxfordshire
  4. Official Website of Brasenose College Official website.