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Corpus Christi College

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.

Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

Daily 13.30 - 16.30
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.


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The Bursar

01865 276700


Merton Street,

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Map reference: SP 516060  Lat: 51.75032 Long: -1.25392

Merton Street OX1 4JF


  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 4
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance


  • Main entrance - ramp available over 4 steps. Quads - access ramp over 1 step. Chapel - ramp available over 1 step.

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