Brasenose College

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Brasenose College
(The Principal and Scholars of the King's Hall and College of Brasenose in Oxford)
founding 1509
Sponsorship Oxford University
place Oxford , UKUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom 
Rector John Bowers
Students 365
postgraduates : 242
Annual budget £ 149.0 million (2018)
Brasenose College

The Brasenose College , Oxford is one of the constituent and one of the older colleges of Oxford University .


Brasenose College was built in 1509 on the site of Brasenose Hall, which probably dates back to the twelfth century. A second large courtyard was later added, and the college chapel was moved from the older courtyard to a detached building, but with the old ceiling decorations. The college's unusual name (most Oxford colleges have religiously inspired names) goes back to the "Brazen Nose", the large bronze door knocker that was attached to the gate of Brasenose Hall. This door knocker was given special powers, and for this reason it was stolen in 1333. It wasn't until 1890 that he was found at a girls' school in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and the whole building had to be bought to get the door knocker. The original hangs in the college hall today and a stone replica is placed over the gate.


Every year on Ascension Day , the adjoining Lincoln College opens an otherwise permanently locked connecting door, grants entry to a group of members of Brasenose College and treats them to free beer. Lincoln College is doing penance for a very distant incident: When a mob of citizens of Oxford hunted two students (one from Lincoln, the other from Brasenose), Lincoln College only gave refuge to its own student, whereupon the student of Brasenose College was lynched.


Web links

Commons : Brasenose College  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Brasenose College: Trustee Report and Accounts: For the year ended July 31, 2018 (PDF) Retrieved March 5, 2019.

Coordinates: 51 ° 45 ′ 11.5 "  N , 1 ° 15 ′ 17"  W.