Worcester College, Oxford

I went to a summer’s evening garden party at Worcester College last year. I didn’t have my camera and my ‘phone died so I promised myself I would return to take photos.

Worcester College, University of Oxford, is set within 26 acres of  the most beautiful gardens with woods and lakes and the most delightful sports pavilion and sports grounds. Treading these gardens is like taking a stroll back in time.  I visited in the glorious June sunshine of 2018. The dappled shade created pretty shadows. I could have stayed there for days.  It was almost inconceivable this oasis was in the middle of a busy UK city.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford

The golden walls of the ancient buildings were smothered in fading roses wilting in the heat. It only served to accentuate their beauty.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford

Worcester College was  founded in 1714 by Sir Thomas Cookes of Worcestershire. It was built on the site of Gloucester College which had been there since the late 13th century until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century. 

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford

Founded as a men’s college, it now seems unbelievable that Worcester College only started admitting women in 1979.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford

After soaking up the beauty of the buildings I walked through the golden arch which led to the stunning gardens.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford – The Provost’s Garden

This little shepherd hut is so cute.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford – the lake
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford – on the shores of the lake
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford

The numerous weeping willows add a fairy tale feel.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford

There are so many shaded paths inviting the wanderer to explore further.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford

There are places to ponder.

Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford
Worcester College Oxford – the Sports Pavilion

I made a little film …

 

 

 

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