Merton College Oxford Monday September 9, 2019.

Oxford University
Oxford, England Sunday September 8, 2019 and a lovely Sunday it was!
September 9, 2019
Magdalen College and punting on the Cherwell
September 11, 2019

Merton College Oxford, England

Wow, what a day! 12,303 steps, 5 miles, and 10 flights! Not bad for almost 81, huh?? I would love to tell you all about my travels today because they encompassed much of Oxford but I am going to concentrate on my main event which was a guided tour of Merton College. Founded in the 13th Century by Walter de Merton Chancellor to King Henry III, it is said to be the oldest college of the now 38 different colleges of “Oxford University” if I can use that misnomer for now. Located on the south edge of Oxford, Merton was the home of many famous people such as J.R.R. Tolkein of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit fame, T.S. Eliot an American poet who lived most of his life in England and won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-four-minute mile and later a rather renowned neurologist. Perhaps the most famous neurosurgeon in the history of Canada, Dr. Wilder Penfield studied at Merton.

Our tour on this rather rainy day was led by one of the current undergraduates who was rather amateurish as a guide being a bit shy and not too well informed but she did lead us about the lovely and ancient grounds of this rather famous college. Two places of particular interest were the Merton Chapel an Anglican Church with a history dating to the 13th to the 15th centuries with lovely stained glass windows but with a rather modern organ actually built in Iowa!  The other is the Merton Library said to be one of the oldest University libraries in the world. The south side of the college is delimited by portions of the ancient walls of the City of Oxford and attest to the grandeur of Merton. Currently, somewhat over 600 individuals make up the student body of Merton of the total of almost 24,000 in all of the 38 Oxford colleges.

It was a pleasure to be able to explore this prestigious college because most of the colleges are not generally open to the public and the help of the guide did add immeasurably to my interest and enjoyment of the visit. A grey, overcast, drizzly day today, more typical of England than yesterday so notice that the skies in my photos are cloudy and lacking the bright sunshine of yesterday.

Dr. Ron
Dr. Ron
I am a 77 year old neurosurgeon who has had the "travel bug" for the past 36 years and who has been interested in photography as long as I can remember. My site is intended to convey the excitement that I feel when I travel, to my viewers in words and pictures. I also hope to provide my viewers with my recommendations for places to visit, places to stay, where to eat and generally my recommendations "if you go!"

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