Campion hall

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Founded 1896 as a Private Hall. Named after Edmund Campion. Men only – Undergraduates: 1 Postgraduates: 9. Campion Hall is small academic community of around 35 men, which is owned and run by The Society of Jesus, Soldiers of Christ – a Roman Catholic religious order. Society members are known as Jesuits and while their numbers are high in Europe they are surprising low in Britain – around 200 at the last count. It is one of six private halls in Oxford and members are entitled to the same privileges as those from fully fledged colleges. All the facilities are shared, which helps create the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Accommodation is provided for all students with a telephone and internet access provided in each room. The hospitality is unparalleled with free meals and free accommodation offered to short stay guests of members along with the use of a bicycle, the most desirable mode of transport around Oxford. The onsite library is small but has all the essential specialist volumes. For students wanting a greater range, the theology faculty library is just a few minutes walk away. Handsome stone building The hall is situated in the heart of the city at Brewer Street, in a very solid and handsome stone building designed by Edwin Lutyens (Grade II listed). The full glory of the building is masked by the narrow street and surrounding structures, which do not afford any sort of overview. A heavy round arched doorway presents a bold but secretive face to the world hiding the architectural delights that lie beyond and give no clue to the beautiful garden and the buildings that surround it. Pembroke and Christ Church (Tom Tower side) are Campion’s closest neighbours. Architect Lutyens (1869-1944) was knighted in 1918 and elected Fe... ... middle of paper ... ...e funded this foundation in an attempt to provide priests that might infiltrate back into England to help re-establish the power of Rome. Promoting the Catholic faith in Protestant England In 1580 Campion slipped into London disguised as a jewel merchant and began a hunted existence, preaching to the Catholic faithful and publishing writings against the Anglican Church. Although Queen Elizabeth was seen as being quite tolerant (questionable) on issues of religion for her day, (the last thing she wanted was a civil war) she had limits and Edmund Campion was starting to cross them. Although the queen admired Campion she imprisoned him and spent some time suggesting he might like to denounce his faith. He was assured of release and wealth if he just agreed to this royal request. Campion flatly refused and was consequently hung, drawn and quartered in 1581 aged just 41.
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