The Shelley Memorial
University College, Oxford
by Dorothy Megaw
University College was founded in 1249. Look across those beautiful stone steps, raise your head up and look squarely at the niche above. The portly Mary is standing in all her glory; if you look further along the building you can see her sister Anne. Inside is the Shelley Memorial depicting the death of the poet Percy Shelley. He was expelled from University College for writing ' The Necessity of Atheism.'
This particular view of Oxford will forever be associated the famous painting of the 'Oxford High' by William Turner. It is currently hanging in the Ashmolean. Open every day of the week.