Mark Simms Photography

Magdalen College (pronounced maudlin) was founded in 1458 by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor of England. Of the three colleges we visited it was my favourite.

Occupying a lovely spot down by the River Cherwell (encompassing arguably the finest cloisters in Oxford, a water meadow and deer park) the area it covers is large and sprawling – but it still manages to feel homely and welcoming.

If I had been clever and/or fortunate enough to study at Oxford University then Magdalen is the college I would have chosen. Had this been the case then I would have followed in some impressive footsteps including Cardinal Wolsey; Oscar Wilde; C.S. Lewis; Sir John Betjeman and no fewer than 7 Nobel Prize winners in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

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