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mong the many great names connected with Oriel are: Sir Walter Raleigh, Bishop Butler, John Keble, who became a fellow at the age of eighteen, Whately, Cardinal Newman, Thomas Arnold, the headmaster of Rugby, who revolutionised public school education in England, Dr Pusey, the originator of the Oxford Movement, Bishop Wilberforce, Dean Church, Matthew Arnold, Gilbert White of Selborne, who was a fellow for fifty years, but only in residence from 1752 to 1753, Hughes, the author of “Tom Brown’s Schooldays, ” Lord Goschen, and Cecil Rhodes. The last - named, expelled from the college in his youth, later made a Hon. D. C. S., was one of Oriel’s greatest benefactors, leaving it the sum of £100, 000; part of which has been used to extend the college buildings to the High Street; £10, 000 retained as a fund for the maintenance of “the dignity of the High Table, " and the remainder devoted to the foundation of certain Rhodes Scholarships for American, German, and Colonial students, as directed in his will; an entirely new element has thus been introduced into 'varsity life, so far with beneficial results.

Oriel College by W. Matthison. c. 1909. Source: Artistic Colored Views of Oxford.


Album of Oxford Photographs containing 20 Views printed by the permanent collotype process. Oxford: Miss Beesley, Fancy Stationery Repository, 43, High Street, Oxford, nd. Internet Archive version of a copy in St. Michael's College Toronto. 4 October 2012.

Lang, Elsie M. The Oxford Colleges. London: T. Werner. HathiTrust online version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 8 November 2022.

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