Monday, 20 October 2014

A Visit to Balliol College, University of Oxford

Having been round the Ashmolean on Saturday morning, friends visiting Oxford with us wanted to look at one of the colleges. Walking down Broad Street we had just seen depicted by JMW Turner, we entered Balliol College via the Porter's Lodge and through into the front quadrangle where we saw this beautifully manicured Pyracantha:
 And these Rudbeckias were still looking very fresh
 there wasn't a dead head to be seen amongst any of these Cosmos
 The bed was a riot of colour reminiscent of Great Dixter
 With glorious buildings around the quad.

From there we went into the impressive Chapel:
 Such wonderful stained glass windows
 From there we walked through into the Fellows' Garden where the Aeoniums were magnificent

 Above is the Old Common Room with the Old Library above, and below the Salvin Tower

 A close up of the Aeoniums, it was hard to stop photographing them.
Finally we went into the Hall, this building designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1877 has portraits on the walls of Masters and distinguished alumini. Four are Nobel prize winning scientists, three British Prime Ministers, Herbert Asquith, Harold McMillan and Edward Heath.

Above Christopher Hall, and below the only woman featured, Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE, a Foundation Fellow.
 There were lots of crests, this one turned out particularly well.
 Balliol College is open for conferences, weddings, dinners and B&B during vacations, . What a lovely idea.

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