Revisiting Oxford Posts ~ Balliol College

Our internet these days is painfully slow. Uploading anything new is a huge challenge. In the meantime, I’m revisiting my posts from our July 2014 trip to England and specifically our day in Oxford. Remembering and making notes on what to see if we can indeed travel in September.

On Wednesday July 9th (Day 6 of our England Trip) we boarded a train in Moreton in Marsh to Oxford for the day. We found free parking on the street close to the station. The train ride was a short 37 minutes. Since parking in Oxford is a challenge and you are advised to use park and rides on the outskirts of town we thought a train ride close to the center of town was the best option for us.

Oxford Day 6 011We opted to go to the visitor center and sign up for a walking tour. There were a few other tour options but they seemed a little too hawkish for our taste.

We only visited one of the colleges with the tour guide. The oldest Oxford college continuously on one site, co-founded by a woman, Balliol is home to young people from many different backgrounds who have come to study with world-class academics.

Oxford Day 6 012Each of the Oxford Colleges to my understanding have their own chapel, dining hall, libraries, and dormitories.

Oxford Day 6 013Some inside views of the William Butterfield chapel.

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Oxford Day 6 023These are the outside views of the chapel designed by William Butterfield in 1857.

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Oxford Day 6 026This was the dining hall for the college.

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Oxford Day 6 032Oxford is a very bicycle friendly town and on our walk around town it seemed we were more in danger from being hit by a bike than a car.

Oxford Day 6 033Because of the way this chap was dressed our tour guide said that he’d be sitting for exams. The white bow tie was significant as to what exams he’d be sitting for. There are dress codes that are still observed for taking exams and other ceremonies, too.

After Balliol our tour guide showed us some other major sites in Oxford that I will post about soon. When our tour was over Dear and I spent some time at Trinity College and Magdalen College before we met up with a couple we met on the tour from Vancouver Island at the Oldest Pub in Oxford.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

7 thoughts on “Revisiting Oxford Posts ~ Balliol College

  1. Great photo story!! I do hope and pray that your September trip comes to be. Our Spring 2020 plan never happened due to Covid and now my travel partner is gone … Perhaps some day I will have a glimpse of England. For now I will enjoy your pictures and stories – smile!

  2. Thank you, Ellen, for sharing these pictures and information from your previous Oxford visit. The architecture is stunning…especially when one thinks of the time period. It’s a shame that we don’t see more of that these days.

  3. It’s always interesting to see the Oxford scene. There are so many beautiful colleges and other historical buildings. I’ve often visited Oxford for final degree ceremonies. Travelling abroad makes plans uncertain at the moment.

  4. Ellen – I have spent quite a bit of time in Oxford – it is a romantic, magical place. Sorry your Internet is slow, but this post is a treat! I hope you get to make your trip to the UK!

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