Visiting Linacre College, Oxford, England: graduate college in a quiet area of the city
Ideally located at Cherwell Edge
This Oxford College was founded in 1962, and named for Thomas Linacre (1460-1524). A number of years ago, during a visit to the College, I was particularly interested to see a display of correspondence between Thomas Linacre and Erasmus, with whom the former was contemporary.
Some features and history
Its gabled architecture is somewhat reminiscent of Hughes Hall, Cambridge. The College moved to its present site at Cherwell Edge in 1977, at the corner of St Cross Road and and South Parks Road. Subsequently, its buildings have considerably expanded, although significantly the additions are in keeping with the red brick, gabled style of the building which existed when it moved there. Stated otherwise, Linacre College certainly does not look like a 'modern' college (other Oxford Colleges such at St Catherine's and Wolfson College would presumably qualify for this description). Interestingly also, the architecture of another modern Oxford College, Nuffield, was criticized on completion for not looking modern 'enough'! One may suppose that these arguments are never-ending.
In any case, Linacre College was not purpose built (as were some modern Colleges at Oxford) but, rather, acquired and adapted existing, available property. Previously, Linacre College's main building (now known as the O C Tanner building) was variously a private house, a convent and then part of St Anne's College.
In keeping with the practice of various Colleges of Oxford (and, indeed, Cambridge) University, places for students at the College are limited to graduates.
Some former holders of fellowships and alumni
Fellowship holders at Linacre College have included Sir John Hicks (1904-1989, joint Nobel prizewinner in Economic Sciences, 1972); Sir Paul Nurse (1949-, Nobel Prizewinner in Physiology or Medicine and President of the Royal Society). Former alumni include: Dr Frene Ginwala (1932-, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa 1994-2004); Dr David Kelly (1944-2003, UN weapons inspector).
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How to get there : United Airlines flies from New York Newark to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. Distance from Heathrow Airport to Oxford : 77 kilometres. Oxford links by rail with London Paddington station. Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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