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Lincoln College

Lincoln College (formerly The College of the Blessed Mary and All Saints, Lincoln) was founded by Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln, in 1427. It is one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University, located on Turl Street in central Oxford.

Among its notable alumni are John Radcliffe, John Wesley, Howard Florey, Edward Abraham, and Norman Heatley, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), David John Moore Cornwell (John le Carré), and Rachel Maddow.

Lincoln College, where Mensa was also founded in 1946, has one of the oldest working medieval kitchens in the UK.

What's the History of Lincoln College?

Lincoln College was founded by Richard Fleming, the then Bishop of Lincoln, in 1427. His goal was to combat the Lollard teachings of John Wyclif, to be “a little college of true students of theology who would defend the mysteries of Scripture against those ignorant laymen who profaned with swinish snouts its most holy pearls“. Fleming obtained a charter for the College from King Henry VI and combined the parishes of All Saints, St Michael at the North Gate, and St Mildred’s.

Despite insufficient endowment and trouble from the Wars of the Roses, the College has survived and flourishes still today.

Where is Lincoln College?

Lincoln College is located on Turl Street (OX1 3DR), Oxford. Tel 01865 279800.

Lincoln College Coat of Arms
The College arms incorporate, the arms of Bishop Richard Fleming, the founder; the arms of the See of Lincoln; the arms of Bishop Thomas Rotherham, the second founder.

Can you Visit Lincoln College?

Yes, Lincoln College is open to the public. 

  • Open: Mon-Fri 14.00-17.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-17.00.
  • Charge: Free.

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