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Q is for The Queen’s College
Today we travel to Oxford
The Queen’s College, University of Oxford
Oxford is a city in central Southern England
and is the county town of Oxfordshire
High Street entrance
The Queen’s College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1341 by Robert de Eglesfield in honour of Queen Philippa of Hainault, the wife of King Edward III of England.
The college is distinguished by its predominantly neoclassical architecture.
The main quad
The college has one of the best-stocked college libraries in Oxford. The current lending library consists of around 50,000 volumes. The Upper Library is considered one of the finest rooms in Oxford and has been a focal point for the College ever since its construction at the end of the 17th century. It has been included in many lists of the best and most beautiful libraries in the world.
As in many Oxford libraries the Upper Library remains as a silent reading room for students. The open cloister below the Upper Library was enclosed in the 19th century to form the Lower Library, which now houses the bulk of the lending collection. The college has one of the largest (around 100,000 volumes) and most diverse collections of rare books in Oxford.
The Chapel at Queen’s College is noted for its Frobenius organ in the West gallery which was installed in 1965 replacing a Rushworth and Dreaper organ from 1931. The earliest mention of an organ dates from 1826. The Chapel Choir has been described as “Oxford’s finest mixed-voice choir.”
The Chapel has stood virtually unchanged since it was consecrated by the Archbishop of York in 1719.
The Chapel of The Queen's College, Oxford. Looking west towards the Frobenius organ
I lay down in this strange bed
Thoughts whirling round in my head
The insistent, insidious voice
Have I made the right choice?
I’ve worked hard for this over the years
So I will fight through these tears
Living in this great big city among millions
I’m changing like a chameleon.
Shall I go home?
Is the underlying tone
I will carry on with this endeavour
I know that I am clever.
I will weather this storm
Until it becomes the norm
New friends from all parts of the country
At this prestigious university
I will have an adventure
So I’m going to stand tall and strong
And keep on keeping on.
|Oxford High Street 1890 – 1900 Wikimedia Commons|
|Oxford aerial view 2008 Wikimedia Commons|