Imagine, if you will, a large ancient globe set in a curved dark wooden frame balanced on three legs. This sits on a highly pattern carpet placed on top of beautifully worn floorboards. To each side are rows of timber-panelled bookcases stacked high with volumes. Between each bookcase is an intimate reading area. Above the books are huge round ached windows, spilling light everywhere, and above the windows is an intricately decorated white plaster ceiling. Welcome to The Queen‚Äôs College ‚Äì Renaissance heaven.
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The Queen‚Äôs College was once referred to as ‚ÄòThe Northern College‚Äô but is now much more cosmopolitan, attracting students ...view middle of the document...
Queen‚Äôs is very conscious of the financial demands facing students from less affluent backgrounds and has a hardship fund in place along with various grants for travel and academic performance. The usual societies are supplemented each year by short-lived clubs that meet the needs and tastes of that current crop of students. An extensive sports field and modern boathouse provide plenty of opportunity for sporty types.
The queen in question is Philippa
The queen the college was named after is Queen Philippa of Hainault, the wife of Edward III, and was founded in her honour in 1341 by Robert de Eglesfield, a chaplain in her household. The northern connection can be traced back to the founder, Eglesfield being a village in Cumberland. Scholarships were traditionally awarded to men from a collection of schools in Yorkshire, Cumberland and Westmorland. The Queen‚Äôs became one of the most popular colleges in Oxford during Elizabethan times and prospered with a continuous stream of benefactors. In past times a feast known as ‚ÄòBoar‚Äôs Head Gaudy‚Äô was held over the Christmas break for members who could not return to northern parts.
The college spluttered into life on very limited resources but fortunes were destined to improve, albeit some time later, when Queen Philipa acquired lands for the college in Southampton. These strategic properties proved to be lucrative investments providing handsome returns in the 19th and 20th century with the expansion of Southampton docks.
Most Oxford colleges are perceived to have gone into decline and stagnation in the 18th century and were...