Kings & Conflict on Saxon Soil
Christ Church, Tom Quad
Welcome to Kings and Queens of Oxford. They all sought refuge in this boggy marsh.
You should be facing the large arched entranceway of Christ Church, looking in to Tom Quad. The statue of Mercury is perched at the centre. The road should be behind you.
Its hard to imagine now, but this was just a muddy field 2000 years ago. The square is named after the bell inside Christopher Wren’s tower. You'll get a better view once we start moving.
I'm Lita by the way, and I'll be taking you on this tour around Oxford.
Christ Church is one part of the University which is scattered around the city. Today you'll see the oldest part of it and hear the story of how battles of the English Throne were fought here.
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So, let's get going!
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Turn so Christ Church is on your left, and start walking down the street.
While you walk, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
Enjoy the stone work as you walk. Its a fitting tribute to the ambitions of another ‘Tom’, Thomas Wolsey. He was Archbishop of York and the founder of Cardinal’s College, as Christ Church was then known. This was during the mid 1500s. Wolsey was extravagant, building projects to match his power. Which was fitting until he fell out of favour with Henry VIII after refusing to give the King a divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
Carry on walking straight. You'll hear from me again at the entrance to the War Memorial gardens up ahead.