Trinity College (Oxford)

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Trinity College
(The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in the University of Oxford, of the foundation of Sir Thomas Pope (Knight))
founding 1555
Sponsorship Oxford University
place Oxford
country United Kingdom
president Hilary Boulding
Students Undergraduates : 308 (2011/2012)
Postgraduates : 125
Foundation assets £ 154.8 million (2019)
University sports Rowing club
Website Homepage
The Chapel of Trinity College
The garden of Trinity College

The Trinity College in Oxford ( England ) (Legally: The College of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity and Sir Thomas Pope (Knight) ) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford . The college was founded in 1555 by Thomas Pope on the former grounds of Durham College.

Trinity has produced three British Prime Ministers and ranks third after Christ Church and Balliol in terms of the number of former students who have held the office.


It is located on Broad Street, in close proximity to Balliol College . Trinity College is surrounded by an iron palisade rather than a wall, which makes the college more open and accessible compared to other Oxford colleges. Despite the size of its buildings, Trinity College has fewer than 300 students.

Durham College

Durham College used to stand in the place where Trinity College stands today. It was founded in 1286, at the same time as the oldest other colleges that still exist today. Durham College was built for Benedictine monks from the cathedral in the city of Durham around a single courtyard, which is now called the Durham Quadrangle. The only building that has survived from the old college is the Old Library from 1421. Durham College was originally dedicated to the Holy Trinity , the Blessed Virgin and Saint Cuthbert . Trinity College is believed to get its name from this dedication. It was repealed by Henry VIII.


Trinity College was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas Pope , a Catholic with no surviving children who hoped to be included in student prayers through the establishment of a college. The original foundation provided for a president, twelve fellows , twelve scholars and up to 20 students. The fellows were required to belong to an order and to remain unmarried.

Sister college

Trinity College's sister college at the University of Cambridge is Churchill College .

Notable past students



Web links

Commons : Trinity College, Oxford  - Additional images

Individual evidence

  1. Annual Report and Financial Statements. (PDF) Trinity College, July 31, 2019, accessed June 21, 2020 (UK English).

Coordinates: 51 ° 45 ′ 19 ″  N , 1 ° 15 ′ 25 ″  W.