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.
Although mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the oldest parts of the church we now see are the 13th
century tower and 14th century spire. Until specialized university buildings were available, St Mary's was used for university meetings, ...
Designed by Sir Horace Jones and opened in 1894, Tower Bridge is famous the world over. Due to the volume
of river traffic at the time, Tower Bridge was designed to have twin bascules that could be raised. This ...
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 ...