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Brasenose College was founded in 1509 for the study of sophistry, logic, philosophy and theology. Brasenose was generously endowed and quickly prospered. The main site of the college extends from the High Street along Radcliffe Square, to Brasenose Lane. The High Street frontage with its eight elaborate oriel windows, was built between 1887 and 1911. Brasenose is named after the bronze door knocker that is mentioned in a document of 1279, but migrated with some Oxford scholars to a house in Stamford in 1330. In 1890, a house in Stamford named ‘Brazenose’ and bearing a twelfth-century door knocker in the shape of a nose, was put on sale. Brasenose bought the house for its knocker, and today it sits above the Principal’s place at High Table.
Notable former students of the college include politician David Cameron, broadcaster Michael Palin and author William Golding. Elias Ashmole, founder of the Ashmolean Museum studied maths and physics at Brasenose in 1644 but didn’t take a degree and may have been a lodger rather than a member of the college.