Oxford University at Corpus Christi College
Wiith its golden stone front quadrangle and circular carriage drive, Corpus Christi College (literally, the 'Body of Christ') is one of the smallest and least changed colleges. Founded in 1517, the college was originally intended to train monks. Fortunately, this intention changed to that of providing young men with a Renaissance education in the sciences and humanities. Otherwise the college might have disappeared during Henry VIII's Reformation.
The sundial in the middle of the front quadrangle, surmounted by a pelican ( a symbol of Christ's self-sacrifice since a pelican was thought to feed its young by drawing blood from its own breast), was put up in 1581. The perpetual calendar was added to its base in 1606.
By some means Corpus managed to retain its gold and silver plate, when all the other colleges surrended theirs to Charles I in 1642.
Alumni include: John Rainolds, 7th President and one of the organisers and translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible; General Oglethorpe (founder of Georgia), John Keble, Thomas Arnold, Robert Bridges, Sir Isaiah Berlin , and more recently, David and Ed Miliband.
Maximum 20 people in a group.
The information given is intended for guidance only. Opening hours are subject to functions, examinations, conferences, holidays etc., and charges are subject to review.
You are advised to check opening times and admission charges in advance.
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Steps to the main entrance
- 4Number of steps to entrance
- Ramp to entrance
Main entrance - ramp available over 4 steps. Quads - access ramp over 1 step. Chapel - ramp available over 1 step.