You can see this magnificent tree through the railings in Broad Street, Oxford
Trinity College was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas Pope, and is situated in Broad Street next to the fictional Inspector Morse’s favourite pub the White Horse, and Blackwell’s book shop. Pope, a devout Catholic, was involved in the dissolution of the monasteries for Henry VIII, and was a trusted advisor to his daughter Mary I. His tomb is in the Chapel and he is the only founder of an Oxford College to be buried in his own College.
Trinity College is unusually visible through iron gates, giving the College an open and accessible appearance. The College enjoys large grounds – the front quadrangle leads through to a further three quadrangles, large gardens and a woodland area - but despite their size the College is relatively small, with about 300 undergraduates.
Trinity College Chapel is prized as a masterpiece of English baroque, and was the first in Oxford to be designed on pure classical principles with the assistance of Sir Christopher Wren. The statues visible on the tower represent Geometry, Astronomy, Theology and Medicine.
Broad Street is broad because it was built outside the city wall and hence was not constrained by lack of space. In 1667 the east end of the street was made broader by the demolition of a central row of houses removed to improve the view of the Sheldonian Theatre. The breadth of the west end was enhanced in 1772 when a wall and garden in front of Balliol College were removed. This left a lovely wide expanse which in 1885 was filled by a portable wooden cabmen’s shelter (for horse-and-cab drivers) luxuriously furnished with books, seats and a ‘substantial tea and dinner service’. An example of one of these wooden shelters can be seen in St Giles, though it has been converted to sell refreshments.