St Mary's College, Oxford
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St Mary's College
|College name||St Mary's College|
|Named after||Saint Mary|
|Location||New Inn Hall Street|
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In the 15th Century, the canons of Oseney Abbey attended lectures at Oxford University. Sometimes other Augustinian canons were allowed to stay at Oseney for the same purpose. However, this was by favour rather than by right. Therefore, in 1421, at a meeting of the Augustinian order in Leicester, a petition was sent to King Henry V to found a college for the order in Oxford.
A site was found at the eastern end of what is now the modern frontage of Balliol College. However, this scheme was abandoned because the King died in 1422. Later, in 1435, Thomas Holden and his wife Elizabeth founded St Mary's College, donating land in the parishes of St Michael's North, and St Peter le Bailey, and also building a chapel.
Rules were created by the Abbot of Oseney in 1448. Secular clerks could also be admitted, but had to pay for their accommodation. The college was headed by the prior studentium.
The College was located on the east side of New Inn Hall Street and a gateway still remains. The rebuilt buildings are known as Frewin Hall, named after Richard Frewen (or Frewin), a scholar at Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated in 1698) and later a Professor of Chemistry.
In 1860, Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, was briefly in residence at Frewin Hall with his tutors.
- William Page (editor), Houses of Augustinian canons: St Mary's College, Oxford, A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 2 (1907), pp. 102–103.
- R. W. Jeffrey, A Forgotten College of Oxford.
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