Balliol College is considered to be, alongside University and Merton, one of  the oldest colleges in Oxford. It was founded  by John de Balliol and his wife Dervorguilla in 1263.




The victorian gothic frontage of Balliol College that can be seen from Broad Street was designed in 1868  by the architect Alfred Waterhouse.

The reflection of Balliol College appears in the window of Flaggs opposite; a tourist destination offering oxford souvenirs.

'NO, we are all seekers still! seekers often make mistakes, and I wish mine to redound to my own discredit only, and not to touch Oxford. Beautiful city! so venerable, so lovely, so unravaged by the fierce intellectual life of our century, so serene!

  “There are our young barbarians all at play!”

And yet, steeped in sentiment as she lies, spreading her gardens to the moonlight, and whispering from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Age, who will deny that Oxford, by her ineffable charm, keeps ever calling us nearer to the true goal of all of us...'

From ‘Essays in Criticism’ by

Matthew Arnold, a former graduate of Balliol .

spires of oxford