Merton College, Oxford

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Founded in 1264, Merton College is the oldest college in Oxford. Its large 14th-century chapel has an impressive collection of medieval stained glass.

Go Historic ID
318647
Short URL
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Names
Merton College
Address
Merton Street
Oxford, England
OX1 4JD
Postcode
OX1 4JD
Coordinates
51.750899° N, 1.252141° W
Email
warden@admin.merton.ox.ac.uk
Phone
(0)1865 276310
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

May 1926
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien meet at Merton College, Oxford

C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien meet for the first time at an English faculty meeting at Merton College, Oxford. Tolkien is professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College and Lewis has just been appointed a fellow of Magdalen College.

1264
Walter de Merton founds Merton College, Oxford

Walter de Merton, twice Chancellor of England and later Bishop of Rochester, founds Merton College, Oxford. His stated purpose is "to make some return in honour of God's name for the abundance of his bounty towards me in this life."

1300

Merton College has 30 fellows in residence.

1290

The Church of St. John the Baptist is pulled down to make room for the Mob Quad of Merton College.

September 17, 2005