The special atmosphere of Oxford Cuty can be felt in its myriad campus capers. St John’s College offers excellent reasons for visitors to share their passion to excel. It was the dream of an aristocratic merchant Sir Thomas White. He was the mayor of London. The gateway has the statue of St. Bernard, which reminds one of the old college.
The area includes remains of a 14th century college named St. Bernard’s college, which was a Cistercian property belonging to the monks. The chapel also has a tomb of an archbishop who was beheaded. The Canterbury quad is worth a visit for its colonnades and gardens. It was rebuilt in the 15th century by archbishop Laud. The statues of King Charles and Queen Henrietta Maria who resided in Oxford are also placed in the quad. If you are fan of author Jane Austin look for her letters in the library. You will also find the Caxton’s 1482 illustrated version of The Canterbury Tales here.
The gardens have a beautiful rockery and manicured lawns to sit down and reflect. Ask for the way to St. Giles’ to reach this college during opening hours in the afternoon or before dusk.
St. John’s College has approx. 390 undergraduates, 240-50 graduate students, 100 fellows and 25 College lecturers. Some famous alumni from St. John’s College are A.E. Housman, Robert Graves, Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin and John Wain, as well as former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Address: Saint Giles’, Oxford OX1 3JP
Tel: 01865 277300