St Mary Hall, Oxford
|Colleges and halls of the University of Oxford
St Mary Hall
|College name||St Mary Hall|
|Named after||Church of St Mary the Virgin|
|Established||1326 (as part of Oriel College)
1545 (as an independent hall)
|Closed||1902 (incorporated into Oriel College)|
Location of St Mary Hall within central OxfordCoordinates:
In 1320, Adam de Brome was appointed rector of the Church of St Mary the Virgin. Along with the appointment, he was given the rectory house, St Mary Hall, on the High Street.  St Mary Hall was acquired by Oriel College in 1326. Bedel Hall, adjoining St Mary's to the south, was given by Bishop Carpenter of Worcester in 1455. These two halls, along with St Martin's Hall, served as annexes for Oriel College.
In the early 16th century, the St Dudley and Dudley exhibitioners were lodged in St Mary Hall and Bedel Hall, and around this time the two halls were united. St Mary Hall steadily developed into an independent entity, and in 1545, on the order the Visitor, Bishop Longland of Lincoln, the door between St Mary Hall and Oriel was blocked up. The Hall took on its own lecturers, and for a time, the numbers of St Mary's exceeded those of Oriel.
By 1875 its undergraduate body had risen to 60, a large number at that time.
In 1902, the Hall was incorporated into Oriel College, though some remnants of the relationship still exist: the post of Vicar of St. Mary's Church carries dining rights at Oriel.
Notable former students
- John Ball (Puritan), BA 1608
- William Henry Charsley, Master of Charsley's Hall, Oxford
- Edward Craggs-Eliot, 1st Baron Eliot, matriculated 1742
- Brajendranath De, of the Indian Civil Service, matriculated 1875
- Thomas Elyot (alleged)
- Thomas Harriot, 16th-century astronomer, mathematician, ethnographer, and translator
- Theodore Hook, matriculated but did not come into residence; author
- Robert Hues, B.A. 1578
- John Hunter, matriculated 1755
- Sir Christopher Hatton, lord chancellor of England
- Geoffrey Osbaldeston, High Court judge in Ireland, matriculated 1575
- Robert Parsons, leading Jesuit priest
- George Sandys (did not graduate)
- Crossley, Alan (editor), 'Churches', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 4: The City of Oxford (1979) pp. 369-412. — Oxford University Press VCH series British History Online ISBN 0-19-722714-7
- Salter H. E. and Lobel, M. D. (editors), 'St Mary Hall', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford (1954) pp. 129-131. — Oxford University Press VCH series, ISBN 0-7129-1064-6
- Brajendra at indiansaga.com Who's Who: Famous Personalities