Corpus Christi College
Corpus Christi College can be found on Merton Street in Oxford, and is one of the cities oldest Colleges, having been founded in 1517 by Bishop Richard Fox. Its beautiful, ancient buildings overlook its equally stunning gardens and wild meadows, while still being just a five minute walk from Oxford city centre and the Bodleian Library.
Home to just 40 academic Fellow, 240 undergraduates and 115 graduate students (a total of 395), Corpus Christi College is on the small side, to say the least, but still boasts a truly remarkable and fully equipped sixteenth-century library, which contains 80,000 books and 80 runs of journals.
The majority of the Colleges students choose to study Classical Studies, as the establishment has placed a heavy emphasis on this subject since its founding.
When visiting Corpus Christi College, be sure to make a point of seeing the famous pelican sundial in the centre of the Front Quad, which can, quite amazingly, calculate the time not only by the sun, but also by the moon. However, this clock is technically always 5 minutes fast, as it is set to Oxford time. A walk through the Front Quad and the Cloisters will take you to the stunning Fellows Garden, Christ Church Gardens, and the meadows that I mentioned earlier.
An interesting, little-known fact about the College - it's founder, Bishop Fox, actually went blind before construction of the College was complete. And so, to make him believe the College was bigger than it was, the first students of the College walked him around the small Front Quad a total of 23 times!
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