Monday, June 6, 2011

I Went to Oxford

Yes, I did go to Oxford, on a cold and rainy day.  What's that?  Well you did ask if I had gone to Oxford, you didn't specify in what context I went to Oxford!

It is easy to picture in your mind a beautiful old college campus with statues and buildings dating back to the 15th century.  You would be partly right.  Oxford is a collection of colleges.  Each has their own governing board and specialization.  We were only able to visit one,  Christ's Church College. 

Excerpt from their website:  Christ Church is a unique institution, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. It has a world famous Cathedral Choir; scholarly collections of books and art; and is enjoyed by many people as visitors or guests at conferences and Summer schools. 

Christ Church has a fascinating history and many distinguished people have studied here including John Locke, Robert Hooke, John Wesley, Robert Peel, William Gladstone, W.H. Auden, David Dimbleby, Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis and Howard Goodall.

The dining hall at Christ's Church was also available to tour.  It was used as the basis for the dining hall in the Harry Potter movies and some of the scenes were actually filmed there.
One of the most famous graduates was Charles Dodgson, also know as Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.  Alice is based on one of the daughters of the dean of the college.  One of the stained glass windows in the dining hall has pictures form Alice in Wonderland embedded in the corners.

I'd love to go back when the weather is a bit nicer to walk around the town and see more of it's beautiful sites...maybe next time.


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