Worcester College, Oxford
Worcester College (ˈwʊstər) is one of the constituent colleges
Colleges of the University of Oxford
The University of Oxford comprises 38 Colleges and 6 Permanent Private Halls of religious foundation. Colleges and PPHs are autonomous self-governing corporations within the university, and all teaching staff and students studying for a degree of the university must belong to one of the colleges...

 of the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

 in England. The college was founded in the eighteenth century, but its predecessor on the same site had been an institution of learning since the late thirteenth century. As of July 2010, Worcester had a financial endowment
Financial endowment
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 of £16.7 million.

Buildings and grounds

The buildings are diverse, especially in the main quadrangle
Quadrangle (architecture)
In architecture, a quadrangle is a space or courtyard, usually rectangular in plan, the sides of which are entirely or mainly occupied by parts of a large building. The word is probably most closely associated with college or university campus architecture, but quadrangles may be found in other...

: to the right is an imposing eighteenth century building in the neo-classical style; and to the left a row of mediæval
Middle Ages
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 buildings known as "the cottages", which are among the oldest residential buildings in Oxford
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. These cottages are the most substantial surviving part of Gloucester College, Worcester's predecessor on the same site: this was a college for Benedictine monks, founded in 1283 and dissolved with the Dissolution of the Monasteries
Dissolution of the Monasteries
The Dissolution of the Monasteries, sometimes referred to as the Suppression of the Monasteries, was the set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII disbanded monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in England, Wales and Ireland; appropriated their...

 in about 1539.
After a lapse of twenty years, the buildings of the old Gloucester College were used in the foundation of Gloucester Hall, in around 1560. The last principal, Benjamin Woodruffe, attempted to establish there a 'Greek College' for Greek Orthodox students to come to Oxford, part of a scheme to make ecumenical links with the Church of England
Church of England
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. This was a going concern from 1698 to 1705, although only 15 Greeks are recorded as members.

In 1714, thanks to a fortunate benefaction from a Worcestershire baronet, Sir
Sir is an honorific used as a title , or as a courtesy title to address a man without using his given or family name in many English speaking cultures...

 Thomas Cookes
Thomas Cookes
Sir Thomas Cookes, 2nd Baronet , benefactor of Worcester College, Oxford, was the eldest son of Sir William Cookes, 1st Baronet, of Norgrove Court, Worcestershire, and his second wife, Mercy, née Dinely....

, Gloucester Hall was transformed into Worcester College. Even then, there were only sufficient funds to rebuild the Chapel, Hall and Library and the north side of the Front Quad, known as the Terrace. The designs were by Dr. George Clarke
George Clarke
George Clarke , the son of Sir William Clarke, enrolled at Brasenose College, Oxford in 1676. He was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1680. He became Judge Advocate to the Army and was William III of England's Secretary at War from 1690 to 1704...

, who had consulted Nicholas Hawksmoor
Nicholas Hawksmoor
Nicholas Hawksmoor was a British architect born in Nottinghamshire, probably in East Drayton.-Life:Hawksmoor was born in Nottinghamshire in 1661, into a yeoman farming family, almost certainly in East Drayton, Nottinghamshire. On his death he was to leave property at nearby Ragnall, Dunham and a...


In 1736, Clarke (later Sir George) generously left to the College his great collection of books and manuscripts. These included the papers of his father William Clarke
William Clarke (English politician)
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 (which are of crucial importance for the history of England during the period of the Commonwealth
Commonwealth of England
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 and Protectorate
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) and a large proportion of the surviving drawings of Inigo Jones
Inigo Jones
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Owing to lack of funds, Worcester's eighteenth-century building programme proceeded by fits and starts. The west end of the Terrace and the Provost's Lodgings were added in 1773-6 (architect: Henry Keene
Henry Keene
Henry Keene was an English architect, notable for designing buildings in the Gothic Revival and Neoclassical style.- Life and work :...

). The mediæval cottages were to have been replaced by a further classical range, but survived because money for this purpose was never available; the Hall and Chapel, by James Wyatt
James Wyatt
James Wyatt RA , was an English architect, a rival of Robert Adam in the neoclassical style, who far outdid Adam in his work in the neo-Gothic style.-Early classical career:...

, were not completed until the 1770s.

In more recent years several new residential blocks for undergraduates and graduates have been added, thanks in part to a series of generous benefactions. The latest of these include the Earl building, Sainsbury Building (which won the Civic Trust Award in 1984), Linbury Building, Canal Building, Ruskin Lane Building (for undergraduates), and the Franks Building (for graduates).

A modern addition to Worcester College, the Canal Building, sits next to the north entrance to the college and, as the name suggests, beside the Oxford Canal
Oxford Canal
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. It houses fifty students in large en-suite single rooms. The accommodation is usually reserved for third and fourth year undergraduates.

The Chapel

The College Chapel was built in the eighteenth century. Dr George Clarke, Henry Keene and James Wyatt were responsible for different stages of its lengthy construction (1720–91), owing to shortage of funds. The interior columns and pilasters, the dome and the delicate foliage plastering are all Wyatt's work. His classical interior was insufficiently emphatic for the tastes of militant Victorian churchmen, and between 1864 and 1866 the chapel was redecorated by William Burges
William Burges (architect)
William Burges was an English architect and designer. Amongst the greatest of the Victorian art-architects, Burges sought in his work an escape from 19th century industrialisation and a return to the values, architectural and social, of an imagined mediaeval England...

. It is highly unusual and decorative; being predominantly pink, the pews are decorated with carved animals, including kangaroos and whales, and the walls are riotously colourful, and include frescoes of dodos and peacocks. Its stained glass
Stained glass
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 windows were to have been designed by John Everett Millais
John Everett Millais
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, but Burges rejected his designs and entrusted the work to Henry Holiday
Henry Holiday
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. Oscar Wilde said of the Chapel, 'As a piece of simple decorative and beautiful art it is perfect, and the windows very artistic.'

The Chapel Choir is augmented by 18 boy choristers who attend Christ Church Cathedral School
Christ Church Cathedral School
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The Hall

Burges also started the redecoration of the Hall in 1877, but the work remained uncompleted at his death, and, in the early 1970s, Wyatt's designs were restored.

The Gardens

Although Worcester is near the centre of Oxford today, it was on the edge of the city in the eighteenth century. This has proved a benefit in the long run, since it has allowed the college to retain very extensive gardens and, uniquely among Oxford colleges, contiguous playing fields (a total of 26 acres (105,218.4 m²), including a lake).

The gardens have won numerous awards, including the Oxford in Bloom college award every time they have been entered for the competition. The gardens were laid out in 1823 by the then Bursar Richard Gresswell, and are now managed by head gardener Simon Bagnall and a team of seven gardeners.

A production of Twelfth Night was directed by Patrick Garland
Patrick Garland
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 in the gardens with Oz Clarke
Oz Clarke
Robert "Oz" Clarke is a British wine writer, television presenter and broadcaster.-Biography:Clarke’s parents were a chest physician and a nursing sister. He was brought up near Canterbury with a brother and a sister. Clarke became a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and subsequently won a choral...

 as Sir Toby Belch and Francis Matthews
Francis Matthews
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The college's gardeners keep a blog
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 to provide an insight into the work involved in looking after the 26 acres (105,218.4 m²).


  • Every three years ball-goers enjoy the Worcester College Commemoration Ball
    Commemoration ball
    A Commemoration ball is a formal ball held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford in the 9th week of Trinity Term, the week after the end of the last Full Term of the academic year, which known as "Commemoration Week"...

     on College grounds. Held in June, it lasts from 6pm until 6 am and the dress code is white tie
    White tie
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    . Recent Worcester Balls have made sizeable donations to local and international charities.

  • The College holds a Formal Hall
    Formal (university)
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     every day of term except on Mondays, Saturdays and Fridays; dress is formal with gowns compulsory for students who choose to attend. Before each meal, the College grace is recited by a scholar, or student studying a field related to Literae Humaniores
    Literae Humaniores
    Literae Humaniores is the name given to an undergraduate course focused on Classics at Oxford and some other universities.The Latin name means literally "more humane letters", but is perhaps better rendered as "Advanced Studies", since humaniores has the sense of "more refined" or "more learned",...

    . The text is the same as that recited at Christ Church
    Christ Church, Oxford
    Christ Church or house of Christ, and thus sometimes known as The House), is one of the largest constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England...

     but, in comparison, always given in the long form:

"Nōs miserī hominēs et egēnī, prō cibīs quōs nōbis ad corporis subsidium benignē es largītus, tibi, Deus omnipotēns, Pater cælestis, grātiās reverenter agimus; simul obsecrantēs, ut iīs sobriē, modestē atque grātē ūtāmur. Īnsuper petimus, ut cibum angelōrum, vērum panem cælestem, verbum Deī æternum, Dominum nostrum Iēsum Christum, nōbis impertiāris; utque illō mēns nostra pascātur et per carnem et sanguinem eius fovēāmur, alāmur, et corrōborēmur. Amen."


  • Richard Blechynden 1714–36
  • William Gower 1736–77
  • William Sheffield 1777–95
  • Whittington Henry Landon 1795–1839
  • Richard Lynch Cotton 1839–81
  • Dr William Inge 1881–1903
  • Charles Henry Olive Daniel 1903–19
  • Dr Francis John Lys
    Francis John Lys
    Dr Francis John Lys was a British lecturer and academic administrator. He was Provost of Worcester College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1932 until 1935....

  • Sir John Cecil Masterman
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  • Sir Oliver Sherwell Franks, Baron Franks 1962-76
  • Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs
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  • Richard Good Smethurst
    Richard Smethurst
    Richard Good Smethurst was Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, England.Smethurst was educated at Liverpool College, Worcester College, Oxford, and Nuffield College, Oxford....

  • Professor Jonathan Bate
    Jonathan Bate
    Jonathan Bate CBE FBA FRSL is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar of Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism...

     CBE FBA 2011-

Notable former students

  • Richard Adams
  • Perry Anderson
    Perry Anderson
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  • Bill Bradley
    Bill Bradley
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  • Alastair Burnet
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  • Simon Burns
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  • Peter Clift
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  • Andrew Cockburn
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  • Russell T Davies
  • Sir Kenelm Digby
    Kenelm Digby
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     (Gloucester Hall)
  • Arthur Lee Dixon
    Arthur Lee Dixon
    Arthur Lee Dixon FRS was a British mathematician and holder of the Waynflete Professorship of Pure Mathematics at the University of Oxford. The younger brother of Alfred Cardew Dixon, he was educated at Kingswood School and Worcester College, Oxford, becoming a Tutorial Fellow at Merton College in...

  • John de Feckenham
    John Feckenham
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     (Gloucester College)
  • Robert Govett
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  • Wing Commander Andy Green
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  • Sir Jeremy Greenstock
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  • Tony Hey
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  • John Hood
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  • Sir Martin Jacomb
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  • Elena Kagan
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  • David Kirk
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  • Peter Kosminsky
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  • John Lahr
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  • Toby Litt
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    Toby Litt is an English writer, born in Bedford in 1968. He studied at Bedford Modern School, read English at Worcester College, Oxford and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he was taught by Malcolm Bradbury....

  • Richard Lovelace
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     (Gloucester Hall)
  • John Cecil Masterman
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  • Glyn Maxwell
    Glyn Maxwell
    Glyn Maxwell is a British poet.-Early life:Though his parents are Welsh, Maxwell was born and raised in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. He studied English at Worcester College, Oxford. He began an MLitt there, but in 1987 moved to America to study poetry and drama with Derek Walcott at...

  • Sir William Neil McKie
    William Neil McKie
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  • Sir Roy Meadow
    Roy Meadow
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  • John Michuki
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  • Sir Alastair Morton
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  • Rupert Murdoch
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  • Anton Oliver
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  • 5th Marquess of Normanby
    Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby
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  • Steven Norris
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  • Rachel Portman
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  • Nicholas Purcell (Classicist)
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  • Herbert Murrill
    Herbert Murrill
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  • Thomas de Quincey
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  • Tim Razzall, Baron Razzall
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  • Peter Rodman
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  • John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover
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  • Dr Anthony Seldon
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  • Seni Pramoj
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  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
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  • Laura Solon
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  • Jon Speelman
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  • Lord Sudeley
  • Victoria "Plum" Sykes
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  • Sir Stephen Tomlinson
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    Sir Stephen Miles Tomlinson PC is a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.-Career:Tomlinson graduated from Worcester College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1974 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1988. He was appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1996...

    , Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Emma Watson
    Emma Watson
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  • Woodrow Wyatt
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See also Former students of Worcester College.
  • Fictional alumni of the college include Nick Guest from The Line of Beauty
    The Line of Beauty
    The Line of Beauty is a 2004 Booker Prize-winning novel by Alan Hollinghurst.-Plot introduction:Set in Britain in the early to mid-1980s, the story surrounds the post-Oxford life of the young gay protagonist, Nick Guest....

     by Alan Hollinghurst
    Alan Hollinghurst
    Alan Hollinghurst is a British novelist, and winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty.-Biography:Hollinghurst was born on 26 May 1954 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the only child of James Hollinghurst, a bank manager, and his wife, Elizabeth...


See also

  • Bromsgrove School
    Bromsgrove School
    Bromsgrove School, founded in 1553, is a co-educational independent school in the Worcestershire town of Bromsgrove, England. The school has a long history and many notable former pupils.-History:...

    that shares a similar coat of arms and the same motto, based on those of their joint benefactor, Sir Thomas Cookes of Norgrove.

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