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Another photograph taken during a day trip to Oxford in August, 2012 as part of a mini TE meeting courtesy of Richard Beghin (Ricx) who, like so many, no longer posts photographs on TE.

This is the rather splendid and colourful interior of the chapel ff Balliol College, Oxford - and I actually posted a photo of the exterior of it eight years ago - here:

https://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=8&p=1383157

Balliol College was founded in about 1263 (leading some to argue that it is the University's oldest college, a claim contested by University College and Merton College) by John I de Balliol under the guidance of the Bishop of Durham. After his death in 1268, his widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway (their son and grandson both became Kings of Scotland) made arrangements to ensure the permanence of the college in that she provided capital and in 1282 formulated the college statutes, documents that survive to this day.

Incidentally, Lady Dervorguilla (or Devorgilla) in 1273 also founded a Cistertian abbey, "Sweetheart Abbey" in the little village of New Abbey in Dumfriesshire, in memory of her late husband. So devoted were the two to each other that Lady Devorgilla, following her husband's death, carried with her at all times his embalmed heart: and when she herself died in 1290 she was buried together with his heart within the church which she had founded.

I tried to add a link to a photo I had taken of Sweetheart Abbey but unfortunately this website failed to accept it because the url was too long. Never mind.

I have no idea who are the people in the picture but it looked as though the young lady was also taking a photograph. I must apologise for the noise in this photo but it was rather dark and I had the ISO set very high: I am sure I could have got away with a larger aperture and lower ISO - but we live and, sometimes, learn!

Here is the location: 51.754786, -1.257221

ISO 6400, 1/60 sec at f/10, focal length 24mm.

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