"I was walking along Longwall Street on a winter's Sunday afternoon, when I passed some open gates and caught this view which is not normally visible." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
Magdalen College was founded in 1458 on the site of St John the Baptist Hospital (1231) built for the care of the sick and relief of poor travellers. Magdalen’s beauty derives from two exceptional features: it is built on an unusually large site due to being outside the medieval city wall, and it has retained all its original Gothic structures.
Magdalen’s best-known feature is the 144-foot Great Tower which looms over Magdalen Bridge and was built between 1492 and 1509.
Magdalen College is also known for its extensive grounds. Behind the quads and cloister is the New Building, designed in the 1730s by Edward Holdsworth in the Palladian style, to form part of a new quad, but only this north range was completed. The building looks out onto The Grove deer park and a water meadow and must be some of the best appointed student accommodation in Oxford. Deer have grazed the park since 1710, while the triangular water meadow, famous for its spring-time swathe of snakeshead fritillaries, has on its periphery, the mile-long Addison’s Walk, named after Joseph Addison (1672-1719), a Fellow of the college.