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Brasenose College information
Founded in 1509 but part of Oxford University since 1262, this small, select and elegant college is named after a 'brass nose', or a brazen door-knocker. It's believed that rebellious students took the knocker all the way to Stamford, Lincolnshire, in 1333. In 1890, the college purchased a house in Stamford, convinced that the knocker on its front door was the original. The door-knocker in question now takes pride of place above the high table in the dining hall.
Also of interest is the chapel, with its fine painted, vaulted ceiling. Famous alumni include Lord of the Flies author William Golding, Monty Python's Michael Palin, Ashmolean Museum founder Elias Ashmole and British prime minister David Cameron. If the sign outside says it's closed during supposed open hours, check with the porters as they sometimes hang it to deter tour groups.