Ulla’s Oxford 1
Above is the Randolph Hotel on Beaumont Street in Oxford- a familiar sight for Morse fans.
Opposite is the Ashmolean Museum. It is VAST so we had to choose what to see.
Around the corner is the Eagle and Child pub
where The Inklings used to meet to discuss their writing.
Click the plaques to read about them.
C. S. Lewis below.
As you can read, the pub itself dates from 1650.
We had lunch there and then toured some of the city.
We walked south along Cornmarket Street.
The late Anglo Saxon tower (oldest building in Oxford) on the left is St Michael at the North Gate. The gate to the north of Medieval Oxford once stood over the road just beside it. There was a bocardo (prison cell) over the gateway where once a young undergraduate Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) once spent some time after fighting with the townies.
William Morris and Jane Burden were married here as her family lived in the city. Her brother was an ostler down St Helen’s Passage and her family lived off Holywell Street, – I will take you soon. Morris was from a well to do family so he was marrying far below himself. His friend Rossetti was horrified that he would marry a mere artist’s model.
View south down Cornmarket Street.
View east down Broad Street.
Balliol College is on the left.
Followed by Trinity College
and the White Horse pub- another familiar Morse sight.
At the end of Broad Street stands the King’s Arms (Morse) on the corner of Holywell Street and Parks Road.
Inside the Schools’ Quad.
Next time the 2nd part of Ulla’s Oxford.
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