"Trinity is unlike other colleges in Oxford in that it is openly visible from the street and the building is painted." J J Marshall
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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.
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 and are attributed to Caius Cibber.
The tomb of Sir Thomas Pope is in the Chapel and he is the only founder of an Oxford College to be buried in his own College.