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Monday, 13 May 2013

Day out in Oxford Part one

This is part one of our day out in Oxford, on Bank Holiday Monday    Brilliant weather, sun, blue skies and quite hot around 20+.
This is the Great Hall inside Christ Church College,  where Harry Potter was filmed.
The Hall is used as the dinning room for the collage,   there are portraits of many famous members of the college but unfortunately my little camera did not pick up the pictures very well,  so these are the best pictures of the day.

This is one of the many strained glass windows around the hall,   under the window is many coats of arms.

 This is the fireplace showing the brass firedogs with long necks,  Alice is pictured at the top,   Alice is Alice in wonderland,  which was written by Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson)  he studied, taught and lived at Christ Church College,  Alice Liddell was the Deans Daughter then,  he wrote the story of Alice in wonderland which she is immortalised in.

 This picture shows a few portraits at the far end,  many are famous members of Christ Church which include 6 of 13 Prime Minsters, John Locke, Henry VIII,  Thomas Wolsey, and Charles Dodgson.
In the middle (the large Portrait  is King Henry VIII who was the founder of the college,  In Alice's adventures the red Queen continually shouts "Off with her head"  which comes from Henry VIII who famously executed two of his wives.

This is Tom Quad with the winged Roman God statue of Mercury standing in the middle of the fish pond.  Tom Quad is named after the six ton bell in tower (picture below)
Christ Church is a royal college following the fall of Thomas Wolsey in 1529,  King Henry VIII inherited Cardinal College, then refounded as King Henry VIII's Collage in 1532,  in 1546 it became Christ Church College.  From then on the reigning British monarch acts as the representative of the Founder, known as the "Visitor".

This is Part One,  I had too many pictures of Christ Church College and the Oxford Catheral to do a whole blog.  so I will add the next part in a couple of days.


  1. What interesting facts of Christ church college! Did you see any lovely gardens while in Oxford?

    1. Hi Wendy,
      I walked so far as I could, the botanical gardens will be on another visit to Oxford, although Oxford is not as big as many city's it's still a lot of walking, which is good exercise.
      Part two of the visit to Christ church is schuduled for tomorrow.

  2. Wonderful photos and tour! Thanks for sharing your experience, and I'm glad you got away for a few days. I look forward to the next part.

    I also love the animals in your last post, and also the knitted flowers!

  3. Great pics,looks like a good day out x

  4. I must have missed this post lol....... a lovely day out with sunshine as well

  5. stunning pics Margaret.looks like a fascinating place to visit ;D

    xx coops xx

  6. Brilliant again Margaret....well I have read them back to front so to speak....but they are very interesting, thanks for sharing.xx


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