Founded in 1546, Christ Church is one of the largest colleges in the University doubling as the Cathedral Church for Oxford and was built as the thirteenth Oxford College. Colloquially known as “the House”, the church is a united foundation of Oxford’s University College and Cathedral for the diocese of Oxford. Many well known people including thirteen British prime ministers such as Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Anthony Eden and lots more are produced through this church which is more than any other Cambridge and Oxford college. One of the most famous people, Albert Einstein made his five year research studentship in this college from 1931.
It is known as the largest college because it consists of around 220 graduate students, 430 undergraduate students, 110 tutors and college lecturers. This most alluring and captivating site has been used in the filming of the popular movies of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series as Hogwarts and the film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel Northern Lights and film The Golden Compass. Constructed over 500 years ago, Christ Church College is the location for parts of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited as well as architectural inspiration for many of the famous campuses of the world, academic institution and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Numbers of academic institutions has used the idiosyncratic features of college’s architecture as a model such as National University of Ireland, Galway which renovates Tom Quad where drink party with John Gielgud held. Picture gallery and world famous Cathedral Choir of Christ Church consists of rich collection of old master paintings.
Christ Church meadow just to the south of college is an exceptional open space and well known flood-meadow having all year round magnet located at the heart of Oxford which runs behind the faculty of Police station and music. The meadows can be accessed easily from Merton Street between Christ Church and Merton College, St. Aldate’s through memorial garden, Rose Lane and Christ Church itself. The tranquil meadow has been used several times as a site for sports and entertainment in filming such as Twilight of the Gods, The Secret of Bay 5B, in Lewis: “The Indelible Stain” as well as “Old, Unhappy, Far off Things”.
The meadow considered as the sought-after and ideal picnic spot in Oxford Tours because roughly triangular in shape, it is enclosed by the rivers Cherwell and Thames known as Isis that offers breathtaking view to the observer. It provides access to many of the college boat houses where rowing teams assemble to compete and train. The meadow consist of two sections, lower one that is close to the River Thames is still gazed by cattle and upper sector has sports field.
Christ Church Meadow is fascinating for various outdoor performances including a dramatic celebration of the history of Christ Church in the form of a Son et Lumiere in 1968. This leading light studded performance was narrated by Sir John Gielgud, scripted by Jan Morris and prologue by W.H. Auden.
The serenity and magnificence of Christ Church College and spellbinding Meadows allure numbers of tourists from different parts of the world every year. Beautiful architecture and picturesque environment makes it a perfect tourist destination to get peace and tranquility.