"Because Turl Street is so narrow, you can't get back far enough to take a head-on photo, so I was pleased to get this with the added interest of the oriel window." J J Marshall
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Lincoln College was founded in 1427 by Richard Fleming, the Bishop of Lincoln, its purpose to train the clergy to ‘defend the mysteries of scripture against those ignorant laymen who profaned with swinish snouts its most holy pearls’.
Lincoln College was inadequately funded from the outset, but over the centuries its finances improved with additional gifts of land in the High St, the churches of All Saints and St Michaels, and the Bicester Inn (The Mitre), amongst others. By the 20th century the College was able to fund the conversion of The Mitre hotel rooms into college accommodation, the transformation of All Saints Church (on the corner of Turl Street and the High Street) into the college library, and the building of the Bear Lane Graduate Building. The core of Lincoln however, remains a classic example of a small 15th century college and is one of the least spoiled legacies of mediaeval Oxford.
Famous Alumni are: physician John Radcliffe (1650-1714), John Wesley (1703-1790), poet Edward Thomas (1878-1917), Lord Florey (1898-1968), cartoonist Sir Osbert Lancaster (1926), and author John le Carre (David Cornwell 1931-).