Campion Hall, Oxford
|Colleges and halls of the University of Oxford
|College name||Campion Hall|
|Named after||St Edmund Campion, S.J.|
|Master||The Revd Brendan Callaghan, S.J.|
Location of Campion Hall within central OxfordCoordinates:
|Blazon||Argent on a cross sable a plate charged with a wolf's head erased of the second between in pale two billets of the Weld that in chief charged with a cinquefoil and that in base with a saltire gules and in fesse as many plates each charged with a campion flower leaved and slipped proper on a chief also of the second two branches of palm in saltire enfiled with a celestial crown or.|
The origins of Campion Hall began on 9 September 1896 when Fr. Richard Clarke SJ, who was a former member of St. John's College, Oxford, opened a Private Hall called 'Clarke's Hall'. He was sent by his superiors from the Immaculate Conception Church, Farm Street to St. Aloysius Church to set up such a hall for Jesuit undergraduates. He founded a small house at 40 St Giles', Oxford, and was the first Master of the hall. On 10 September 1896 the hall had its first four students. The hall allowed Jesuits to study for degrees from Oxford University.
In 1900, Fr. Clarke died suddenly at York, and with his death the hall ceased to exist. That year the hall was reopened as 'Pope's Hall' under Fr. O'Fallon Pope as Master who continued to be Mater of the hall until 1915. In 1902, he purchased 14 and 15 St Giles', and in 1903 No. 13 St Giles' was also bought.
Fr. O'Fallon Pope was succeeded by Fr. Charles Plater, and the hall again changed its name, this time to 'Plater's Hall'. In 1918, the hall was granted permanent status and changed its name to Campion Hall after Edmund Campion, an English Jesuit and martyr who had been a fellow at nearby St. John's College. Permanent Private Halls within the University of Oxford are for the reception of students on condition that they are not established for purposes of profit. As well as Campion Hall, the other Permanent Private Halls were St. Benet's Hall and St. Peter's Hall.
In 1921 Fr. Plater died and Fr. Henry Keane was appointed Master of Campion Hall, until his retirement in 1926. He was succeeded by Fr. Ernest G. Vignaux, who was Master until 1933. At that time there were plans for the building of a new hall in St. Giles'. He was succeeded as Master by Fr. Martin D'Arcy till 1945.
In 1933, when Fr. D'Arcy became Master, the lease of the St. Giles property had only three years to run. So in 1935, a project of building in St. Giles was dropped and a new place was found in Brewer Street. The properties in St. Giles's were sold to St. John's College.
Brewer Street, also known as ‘Sleying Lane’ was occupied in the medieval period by brewers and butchers. There is a long history of brewing in Oxford. Several of the colleges had private breweries, one of which, Brasenose College, survived until 1889. In the 16th century, brewing and malting appeared to have been the most popular trades in the city. By 1874 there were nine breweries in Oxford and 13 brewers' agents in Oxford shipping beer in from elsewhere, Brewer Street was no exception.
At Brewer Street, Campion Hall bought two buildings, a large and ancient lodging-house, known as 'Micklem Hall', which in the past belonged to Hall's Brewery. It was owned by a brewer named Micklem (1820–70). The second building was a garage which had once been the stables for the horses which pulled the Oxford trams. The garage was demolished and as well as some of the rooms of Micklem Hall. Portions of Micklem Hall were incorporated into the new building. The new building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was opened in 1936. The building was Grade II* listed in 2000. It is the only building in Oxford designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. He has been referred to as "the greatest British architect" and is known best for having an instrumental role in designing and building a section of New Delhi, which would later serve as the seat of the Government of India.
Fr. Martin D'Arcy continued as Master of Campion Hall until 1945, when he was succeeded by Fr. Thomas Corbishley SJ.
Campion Hall is run by the Society of Jesus and gives lodging to the Jesuit academic community within University of Oxford. It is a Permanent Private Hall whose members possess the same privileges as members of other colleges. It has an international student body including not only Jesuits, but also priests of other Roman Catholic orders and congregations. Admission is usually only open to clergy, although sometimes exceptions are made for laymen.
Members of the Hall are entitled to invite guests for a meal (so-called Guest Night). There are common tables at which Fathers, students, and guests can sit freely.
Lost Michelangelo 
In 2011, a painting "The crucifixion of Jesus" which had been hanging in a hall of Campion Hall was thought to have have been a long-lost Michelangelo masterpiece worth £100million. The painting was bought by Fr. Martin D'Arcy SJ when he wa Master of Campion Hall at a Sotheby's auction in the 1930's. Some experts argue that the painting dates from towards the end of Michelangelo’s life when his eyesight was failing, so is more likely to be a painting by Marcello Venusti. The painting was removed from its position on a wall in Campion Hall and sent to the Ashmolean Museum for safekeeping.
The Master of Campion Hall is Reverend Brendan Callaghan
- Fr. Richard Clarke, SJ (1896-1900)
- Fr. O'Fallon Pope SJ (1900-1915)
- Fr. Charles Plater SJ (1915-1921)
- Fr. Henry Keane SJ (1921-1926)
- Fr. Ernest G. Vignaux SJ (1926-1933)
- Fr. Martin d'Arcy SJ (1933-1945)
- Fr. Thomas Corbishley SJ (1945-1958)
- (missing period)
- Fr. Edward Yarnold SJ(1965-1972)
- Fr. Benjamin Winterborn SJ (1972-1978)
- Fr. Paul Edwards SJ (1978-1985)
- (missing period)
- Rev. Dr. Joseph Munitiz SJ (1989-)
- Rev. Dr. Gerard J Hughes, SJ (1998-2006)
- Rev. Dr. Peter L'Estrange SJ (2006-2008)
- Fr. Brendan Callaghan, SJ (2008–present)
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