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19 Facts About Merton College
Mob Quad, one of Merton's quadrangles, was constructed between 1288 and 1378, and is claimed to be the oldest quadrangle in Oxford, while Merton College Library, located in Mob Quad and dating from 1373, is the oldest continuously functioning library for university academics and students in the world.
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Merton College has a strong reputation for academic success, having regularly ranked first in the Norrington Table.
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Merton College was founded in 1264 by Walter de Merton, Lord Chancellor and Bishop of Rochester.
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Merton College has an unbroken line of wardens dating back to 1264.
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In 1333, masters from Merton College were among those who left Oxford in an attempt to found a new university at Stamford.
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Grandest quadrangle in Merton College is the Fellows' Quadrangle, immediately south of the hall.
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Merton College viewed from across the Christ Church Meadow to the south.
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Merton College has traditionally had single-sex accommodation for first-year undergraduates, with female students going into the Rose Lane buildings and most male students going into three houses on Merton College Street.
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In 2010, it was reported that Merton College had not admitted a black student in the previous five years.
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The university reported that Merton College had admitted at least one black undergraduate since 2005.
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Since the introduction of an official Norrington Table published by the university in 2004, Merton College occupied one of the top three positions every year, until 2012 when it dropped to 14th.
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In 2021, Merton was ranked Oxford's top college in the Norrington Table, with a score of 82.
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Merton College is host to a number of subject-specific societies, the most notable being the Halsbury Society and the Chalcenterics.
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Merton College's women have done better in recent years, gaining the headship in Torpids in 2003 and rowing over to defend the title in 2004.
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Merton College has produced notable alumni and fellows in more recent times.
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