September 14, 2015

WHAT do we up so early this May morn?

Hath Health the huntress from some neighbouring hill

Blown such a blast of her enchanted horn,

That Youth forgets his slumber? . . . Gathering still, 

Quick eager forms the solemn pathway fill:

Pass Magdalen’s portal, scale her endless...

September 14, 2015

… Heaven in Pity First sent amongst us this All-Healing Berry,
Coffee arrives, that grave and wholesome Liquor,That heals the stomach, makes the genius quicker,Relieves the memory, revives the sad,
 And cheers the Spirits, without making mad.  — Anon. (1674)

As you...

September 4, 2015

Designed by Nicholas Stone, master mason to Charles I and paid for by the chaplain to William Laud, then Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of the University, this highly flamboyant porch dating to 1637 ranks as one of Stone’s most ambitious works.


Heavily baroque...

September 4, 2015

The Lads of the Bullingdon.



It was the night of the annual dinner of the Bollinger Club… At the last dinner, three years ago, a fox had been brought in in a cage and sto...

September 3, 2015

The High in Winter By Chiang Lee,  from his book The Silent Traveller in Oxford (1944)




Adopting his Chinese pen name Yaxingzhe (The Silent Traveller) as an apt generic title, Lee’s ‘Silent Traveller’ series of illustrated travelogues of England remain his most popula...

September 3, 2015

Above: Detail of the reredos screen of Trinity College Chapel by Gringling Gibbons, carved in limewood.



Trinity College Chapel, one of the most beautiful of the Oxford college chapels, is the subject of a book which we highly recommend.


Written by Dr Martin Kemp, Emer...

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