Wadham's history

Founded in 1610 by Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham, the College now comprises up to 150 graduate students and some 450 undergraduates.

Our vibrant student community

History and archive

History and archive

History and archive

Wadham history

Nicholas Wadham, a member of an ancient Somerset family, died in 1609 leaving his fortune to endow a college at Oxford. The hard work of translating intentions into reality fell on his widow, Dorothy, a formidable woman of 75. More

College buildings

Wadham’s architectural heritage spans a variety of building styles from the classical Oxford Gothic of the original buildings to the contemporary lines of the new Graduate Centre. More

Wadham's gardens

Wadham's six acre site comprises a variety of gardens, each with its own character and style. More

Famous Wadhamites

Famous Wadhamites

History and media

Famous Wadhamites

Author and broadcast journalist, Melvyn Bragg (1958 History)

Stage and screen

Stage and screen

Actress, Rosamund Pike (1997 English)

Politics

Politics

Michael Foot (1931 PPE), Leader of the Labour Party from 1980-1983

Wadham's Warden

Wadham's Warden

Ken Macdonald QC

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven became Warden of Wadham College in 2012. As head of College, Ken is responsible for overseeing Wadham’s administration and development. More

Wadham Grace

Wadham Grace

The Wadham Grace was traditionally spoken at dinner by the Warden or Senior Fellow alternating with a Scholar.

Scholar: Benedictus sit Deus in donis suis.
Warden: Et sanctus in omnibus operibus suis.
Scholar: Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
Warden: Qui fecit coelum et terras.
Scholar: Sit nomen Dei benedictum.
Warden: Ex hoc usque in saecula saeculorum.
Scholar: Domine salvam fac Elizabetham Reginam.
Warden: Et exaudi nos cum invocamus te.
Scholar: Domine Deus, vita et resurrectio credentium, qui semper es laudandus, tum in viventibus, tum in defunctis, agimus tibi gratias pro Nicolao Wadhamo Armigero, et pro Dorothea uxore ejus, fundatoribus nostris defunctis, aliisque benefactoribus nostris, quorum beneficiis hic ad pietatem et studium litterarum alimur, rogantes ut nos, his tuis donis recte utentes, una cum illis ad resurrectionem gloriae perducamur, per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum, Amen.

The Wadham Grace is now used only on special occasions, such as Gaudies (alumni reunions), when Fellows or Classics scholars respond to the Warden.

College and Gardens opening times

Explore Wadham's quads, chapel and gardens.

Term Time      13.00 - 16.15

Out of Term    10.30 - 11.45   13.00 -16.15

Term dates