Brasenose College, Oxford

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


Brasenose College was established in 1509 at the site of Brasenose Hall, whose roots probably lie in the twelfth century. It was extended by a second large courtyard later, and the chapel of the college was moved from the older courtyard in a detached building, but provided with the ancient ceiling decorations. The unusual name of the college (most colleges at Oxford religiously inspired name ) goes back to the " Braze Nose" (brass nose), the great bronze knocker, which was mounted on the gate of Brasenose Hall. This door knocker has been granted special powers, and for this reason it was stolen in 1333. It was not until 1890 he was found at a girls' school in Stamford in Lincolnshire again, and to secure the knocker, the whole building had to be bought. The original hangs in the College Hall, and a replica of stone is mounted above the door.


Every year on Ascension opens the adjacent Lincoln College, an otherwise permanently locked connecting door, granted to a bunch of members of Brasenose College inlet and entertained them with free beer. This does Lincoln College penance for a very far back story: Once, when a mob of citizens of the city of Oxford hunt for two students (one from Lincoln, the other from Brasenose ) made ​​, after which the student is granted the Lincoln College only their own students refuge, of Brasenose College was lynched.

Known graduates

  • Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, British Prime Minister from 1801 to 1804
  • Elias Ashmole, founder of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
  • John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir GCMG, GCVO, CH, PC ( 1875-1940 ), Scottish writer, journalist, publicist and politician, Governor General of Canada
  • David Cameron, British Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party
  • Arthur Evans, archaeologist and discoverer of Knossos
  • John Foxe (1516-1587), English writer
  • William Golding, Nobel prize winner for literature
  • Sir Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig ( 1861-1928 ), British professional soldier and from 1915 to 1918 commander on the Western Front
  • Michael Palin, an actor in the Monty Python group
  • John Profumo (1915-2006), a conservative British politician
  • William Webb Ellis, the alleged inventor of rugby
  • Michael Paul Witz ( born 1965 ), historian and journalist; Editor of the fraternity lichen leaves