Standing over the entrance to the most famous Oxford college, Tom Tower is a landmark in itself. This imposing octagonal ... More
Standing over the entrance to the most famous Oxford college, Tom Tower is a landmark in itself. This imposing octagonal tower with a lead-covered cupola was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1682. It was constructed on top of an archway and turrets dating from the 16th century and houses Great Tom - the loudest bell in Oxford. Weighing more than seven tons, the bell chimes 101 times at 9.05p every evening to recall not only the 101 students residing in Christ Church when the tower was completed, but also the time by which they were supposed to be in bed.
Founded in 1512 by Bishop Foxe of Winchester, this is one of the smallest Oxford colleges. Foxe was blind, so
after the college had been built he was guided round the front quadrangle three times in order to trick ...
Pembroke College was founded by James I in 1624 and a statue of the founder stands in the tower in
Chapel Quad. The Hall, with its magnificent hammer beam roof, dates from the 19th century and has a wonderful ...
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