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The Charm of Oxford by Wells, J. (Joseph), 1855-1929

The Charm of Oxford by Wells, J. (Joseph), 1855-1929

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THE CHARM OF OXFORD
by
J. WELLS, M.A.
Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
Illustrated by
W. G. BLACKALL
Second Edition (Revised)

SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, HAMILTON
KENT & CO., LTD., 4 STATIONERS'
HALL COURT : : LONDON, E.C.4

"'Home of lost causes'\u2014this is Oxford's blame;
'Mother of movements'\ue000this, too, boasteth she;
In the same walls, the same yet not the same,
She welcomes those who lead the age-to-be."

Copyright
First published 1920
Second edition 1921

"Much have ye suffered from time's gnawing tooth,
Yet, O ye spires of Oxford domes and towers,
Gardens and groves, your presence overpowers
The soberness of reason."

WORDSWORTH.
THE CHARM OF OXFORD
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Plate I. Christ Church : The Cathedral from the Garden
PREFACE

There are many books on Oxford; the justification for this new one is Mr. Blackall's drawings. They will serve by their grace and charm pleasantly to recall to those who know Oxford the scenes they love; they will incite those who do not know Oxford to remedy that defect in their lives.

My own letterpress is only written to accompany the drawings. It is intended to remind Oxford men of the things they know or ought to know; it is intended still more to help those who have not visited Oxford to understand the drawings and to appreciate some of the historical associations of the scenes represented.

I have written quite freely, as this seemed the best way to create the "impression" wished. I have to
acknowledge some obligations to Messrs. Seccombe & Scott's Praise of Oxford, a book the pages of which an
Oxford man can always turn over with pleasure, and to Mr. J. B. Firth's Minstrelsy of Isis; it is not his fault
that the poetic merit of so much of his collection is poor. Oxford has not on the whole been fortunate in her
poets. My own quotations are more often chosen for their local colour than for their poetic merit.

I have unavoidably had to borrow a good deal from my own Oxford and its Colleges, but the aim of the two
books is very different.
The Charm of Oxford, by J. Wells
CopyrightFirst published 1920Second edition 1921
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WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD,
April 1920.
CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
RADCLIFFE SQUARE
THE BROAD STREET
BALLIOL COLLEGE
MERTON COLLEGE
MERTON LIBRARY
ORIEL COLLEGE
QUEEN'S COLLEGE
NEW COLLEGE: (1) FOUNDER AND BUILDINGS
NEW COLLEGE: (2) HISTORY
LINCOLN COLLEGE
MAGDALEN COLLEGE: (1) SITE AND BUILDINGS
MAGDALEN COLLEGE: (2) HISTORY
BRASENOSE COLLEGE
CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE
CHRIST CHURCH: (1) THE CATHEDRAL
CHRIST CHURCH: (2) THE HALL STAIRCASE
CHRIST CHURCH: (3) "TOM" TOWER
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE
WADHAM COLLEGE: (1) THE BUILDINGS
WADHAM COLLEGE: (2) HISTORY
HERTFORD COLLEGE
ST. EDMUND HALL

The Charm of Oxford, by J. Wells
WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD, April 1920.
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