"This view of Merton across the playing field where in term-time, boys can be seen playing rugby or cricket according to season, is one of the quintessential Oxford views." J J Marshall
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Merton College was founded for lay ecclesiastics in 1264 by Walter de Merton - a wealthy man who was Chancellor of England in 1260 and Bishop of Rochester in 1274. Between 1294 and 1366 Merton was credited with producing no less than six out of seven Archbishops of Canterbury. Although University College and Balliol College preceded it, Merton College was unique in being the first college to house its students (previously students had lived in lodgings scattered across the city) and thereafter, residential colleges became the model for all universities. Merton enjoyed great wealth, but scope for expansion was restricted by the city wall on its south side, Merton Street on its north side, and the sale of land on its west side in 1515, for the site of Corpus Christi College. Space had to be used carefully, and today different buildings interconnect, giving the college a special atmosphere. Merton College reveals little of itself in Merton Street except for its Chapel, but there is a fine view from Christ Church Meadow and ‘Deadman’s Walk’, the path which runs alongside the city wall, so called because it was the route taken by Jewish funeral processions from St Aldates to their burial ground in what is now the Botanic Gardens.
Christ Church Meadow, Oxford