"You don't often get good light in Turl Street, so I was happy to get this warm picture with the horse chestnut tree in full leaf as well." J J Marshall
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Exeter College was founded in 1314 by former Oxford graduate, the Bishop of Exeter, Walter de Stapeldon, and it was originally called Stapeldon Hall. The only medieval building surviving from the original build, is the 3-storey staircase known as Palmer’s Tower which used to be the main entrance to the college before it changed its axis in the 16th century, and today’s frontage in Turl Street was created. The college was small and poor until William Petre, also a former student - tutor to Ann Boleyn’s brother George and trusted counsellor of Queen Elizabeth -, retired from politics in 1566 and concentrated his energies on expanding the college. Petre endowed 7 new fellowships by gifting 4 Oxfordshire rectories to pay for them. The Rectorship and Fellowships became life-long appointments, and formal arrangements were made for the tutition of the college’s undergraduates. Petre’s munificence thus created the basis of the modern college. By the 17th century, the college was well run, prosperous and known as a school for lawyers, politicians and divines. Today the college continues to retain strong links with the West Country, and has produced such well-known alumni as JRR Tolkein, Richard Burton actor, Alan Bennett playwright, Lord Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury and Sir Roger Bannister, athlete.