"It's difficult to fit this long oblong-shape with little of interest above or below it into the square format of the cards. This oblique view was the best I could get and I chose a day when light was particularly good and offered a blue sky without bleaching out the stonework." J J Marshall
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The history of Christ Church College begins in 1524 when Cardinal Wolsey obtained permission from the Pope to dissolve St Frideswide Priory and erect a college in its place, to be called ‘Cardinal College’. It became Christ Church College in 1546 when King Henry VIII designated the priory to become both chapel to the college, and cathedral to the newly created diocese of Oxford. Previously Oxford had sat in the diocese of Lincoln.
Christ Church College expanded over the centuries, and the
‘Meadow Buildings’ were added to its southernmost extremity between 1862 and 1865.The Meadow Buildings are Gothic in style and have an unusual tower with steeply stepped gables above its central archway. They overlook Oxford’s famous Broad Walk which leads to the River Thames. The Broad Walk was planted with elms in 1668, but they were killed by Dutch Elm disease in the 1970s and had to be replaced with alternating oriental plane trees and hybrid plane in 1976.
Christ Church Meadow in which the buildings stand, is owned by Christ Church College and its 37 acres are preserved as ancient meadow. The Meadow has a tendency to flood and there is a print of people skating on it in 1879. Although so close to the city centre, cattle still graze there and herons, deer and pheasants can also be seen – but it is as a beautiful rural setting for the buildings of Christ Church and Merton colleges, and a quiet retreat for the city’s inhabitants, that it is most popularly known.
Christ Church Meadow, Oxford