Holywell Quad

New College has one of the largest sites in central Oxford, but part of its charm is that it is essentially hidden. Our Founder, William of Wykeham, assembled a whole series of parcels of land within the medieval city wall, but from the outside the College is difficult to penetrate. 


Original Entrance

The original entrance was in New College Lane. This gatehouse carries the statues of the Founder, together with the Virgin Mary, to whom the College is dedicated, and the Archangel Gabriel. Above are the Warden's Lodgings, still today in their original position. 

New College Lane


 

Front Quad

Wykeham was a prolific and passionate builder. His vision for the College was of an integrated complex: Chapel, Hall, Muniment Tower, Library and a range for tutors and students to live and work in, all built around a quadrangle. This was the first time a college had been set in this way, and it became a model for colleges in the future and around the world. 

Great Quad


 

The Cloisters

The Cloisters are a special haven of peace, and abut the western wall of the Chapel. They are famous now for a holm oak which featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where Draco Malfoy is turned into a white ferret. 

Cloisters


 

The Chapel and Ante-Chapel

The soaring Ante-Chapel gives access to the Chapel itself, forming a 'T'-shape which subsequently became familiar in Oxford and Cambridge colleges. The spectacular reredos is a very successful recreation of the original; and the medieval stained glass is some of the finest surviving anywhere. The Founder's Crozier is displayed in a case - a masterpiece of medieval silver gilt, enamel and jewels. Jacob Epstein's moving statue of Lazarus stands in the Ante-Chapel. 

Chapel


 

The Dining Hall

The Hall, magnificently restored in 2003 and 2015, is the oldest and tallest in Oxford or Cambridge. Its Tudor linenfold panelling was given by our Old Members, Archbishop Warham, in the early 16th century. 

Dining Hall


 

The Garden Quadrangle

By the late 17th century, the College was growing. A new quadrangle, the Garden Quadrangle, was constructed, leading to the gardens, with their famous ornamental mound. 

Garden Quad


 

City Walls

The 13th century City Walls enclose the garden and are in immaculate condition. Wykeham's original deal for the land with the City of Oxford has obliged us to maintain them ever since; and the walls are subject to a regular inspection by the Lord Mayor and Councillors. You can see the 2017 inspection here

City Wall


 

The Holywell Quadrangle

By the 19th century, the College was expanding again, and a major programme of development by two architects, George Gilbert Scott and Basil Champneys, created a large set of buildings along Holywell Street. They are dominated by Champney's Robinson Tower (named after a great 19th century Bursar), which now is the main entrance to the College, housing the Porters' Lodge. 

Holywell Quad


 

Modernism - the Sacher Building

The College's foray into modernism can be seen in David Robert's 1960s Sacher Building, designed as the first purpose-built graduate accommodation in Oxford. It is splendidly approached through a hole in the City Wall, which frames a fine Barbara Hepworth work. 

Hepworth sculpture in front of a 60s building


 

Morris Garages

The College has recently completed a major refurbishment and extension of its premises in Longwall Street. These comprise a series of Grade II listed houses and the Morris Garages - the historic site where William Morris pioneered the manufacture of his motor cars. The Morris building had been converted to student accommodation some decades ago, but this had become degraded. 

Morris Garages


 

Kimber Wing

The Kimber Wing is a highly specified, fully accessible suite for two disabled students, and a carer. The rooms were designed by David Bonnett Associates, a leading specialist in accessible design.

The wing is named after Cecil Kimber, the brilliant collaborator of Lord Nuffield, because of its site next to the refurbished Morris Garages, where Kimber pioneered the MG motor car. 

The Kimber Wing


 

Clore Music Studios

The Clore Music Studios offer fantastic, dedicated music practice facilities, just two minutes' walk from the main College site. 

The top floor contains two chamber studios; the first floor, four practice rooms; and the ground floor, a large rehearsal room for opera and drama. Designed by John McAslan and Partners, they were completed in January 2019.

Clore Music Studios


 

Gradel Quadrangles

New College is embarking on the fourth big expansion in its history.

To be named after Chris Gradel, an Old Member who has generously provided the core funding for the project, the Gradel Quadrangles are currently under construction. They will provide 99 student rooms (and another for a Junior Dean), as well as a flexible learning hub, and a performance hall. 

Design of the Gradel Quadrangles

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