Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford: Wikis


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Colleges and halls of the University of Oxford

Lady Margaret Hall

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College name Lady Margaret Hall
Named after Lady Margaret Beaufort
Established 1878
Sister college Newnham College, Cambridge
Principal Dr Frances Lannon
JCR president Genevieve Clark
Undergraduates 424
MCR president Sylvestre Burgos, Jeremiah Dancy
Graduates 174

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford is located in Oxford (central)

Location of Lady Margaret Hall within central OxfordCoordinates: 51°45′53″N 1°15′15″W / 51.76483°N 1.254036°W / 51.76483; -1.254036
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Sunken gardens outside Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Giles Gilbert Scott's Deneke Building, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Fellows' Garden, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Gardens outside Wordsworth Building, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Sir Reginald Blomfield's Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Lady Margaret Hall is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, located at the end of Norham Gardens in north Oxford. As of 2006 the college had an estimated financial endowment of £34m.[1]

Lady Margaret Hall accepts both undergraduate and graduate students.



Lady Margaret Hall, the first women's college in Oxford, was founded in 1878 and opened its doors to its first nine students the following year. The college was named for Lady Margaret Beaufort, a medieval noblewoman and mother of King Henry VII, known for her exceptional learning and high birth. Its first principal was Elizabeth Wordsworth, a great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth and daughter of Christopher Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln. In 1979, along with most of the other women's colleges, LMH admitted men as well as women.

The College

Lady Margaret Hall is one of the few Oxford colleges on the River Cherwell and is known for its lovely gardens set in spacious grounds (about 12 acres (49,000 m2)). The college's original house, now known as Old Old Hall, is still in use. Just behind the main buildings, which are neo-Georgian in style, made from red brick with white trim, are a set of playing fields and tennis courts, as well as a manicured Fellows' Garden, hidden from view by tall hedgerows. Giles Gilbert Scott, famous for designing Liverpool Cathedral and the K2 red telephone box designed the college's Byzantine-style chapel.

In 2005, the architect firm John Simpson and Partners was selected to design a programme of significant developments to the college. The first phase of this programme will be complete in early 2010, with the opening of the new undergraduate building.[2][3]

In Summer 2006 the College opened a new Law Library in the space underneath the current library, which was opened in December by Cherie Booth QC.

Members of the college refer to Lady Margaret Hall as LMH. Its colours are yellow, white and blue, and its motto is "Souvent me Souviens", an Old French phrase meaning "I remember often". The bell in the clock above the lodge rings hourly between 08:00 and 22:00.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Oxford College Endowment Incomes, 1973-2006 (updated July 2007)
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See also

Former students of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford



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