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The foundation stone of Brasenose College was laid in 1509 and the College received its charter in 1512.
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The College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed, was founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (fellow of New College and Archbishop of Canterbury) on .
In the late 1700s Brasenose became the college of the country gentry, the place where the sons of gentlemen got a modicum of education and did a great deal of gambling, horse racing and fox hunting.
In the nineteenth century it acquired a great sporting reputation, rowing head of the river for many years and at one stage providing no fewer than eight members of the University cricket team.
Balliol's archives and manuscript collections are housed in the Historic Collections Centre at St Cross Church, Holywell.
Before the foundation of the College part of the site was occupied by one of the mediaeval Oxford halls.
Brasenose Hall was in existence by at least 1270, and probably took its name from a 'brasen nose', a bronze door knocker in the shape of a nose.
The medieval deeds of the Christ Churchs property were deposited in the Bodleian Library in 1927 and are listed in N Denholm-Youngs Cartulary of the Medieval Archives of Christ Church. Mason, Christ Church and reform, 1850 - 1867, (1970 ); D Fletcher, The emergence of estate maps: Christ Church, Oxford, 1600 - 1840, (1995); WG Hiscock, A Christ Church Miscellany, (1946)Corpus Christi College was founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester, for twenty fellows and twenty scholars, principally from the counties and dioceses with which he had associations, e.g.
HL Thompson, Christ Church, (1900); EGW Bill, Education at Christ Church, Oxford, 1660 - 1800, (1988; EGW Bill and J. owned land or had been bishop (Bath and Wells, Exeter, Durham, and Winchester).Many writers have been at Brasenose, the earliest including John Foxe (1516-1587), who wrote 'Foxe's Book of Martyrs', and Robert Burton (1577-1640), author of The Anatomy of Melancholy. 1637-1674), the mystical poet, Richard Barham (1788-1845), of The Ingoldsby Legends, Walter Pater (1839-1894), a key figure in the history of the aesthetic movement, and the novelists John Buchan (1875-1940), William Golding (1911-1993) and JG Farrell (1935-1979) were members of the College.