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Punting from the wrong end of the boat at Magdalen Bridge

Magdalen Bridge spans the divided stream of the River Cherwell just to the east of the City of Oxford, and next to Magdalen College, whence it gets its name and pronunciation. It connects the High Street to the west with The Plain, now a roundabout, to the east. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The River Cherwell is a river which flows through the midlands of England. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... College name Magdalen College Collegium Beatae Mariae Magdalenae Named after Mary Magdalene Established 1458 Sister College Magdalene College President Professor David Clary FRS JCR President Jessica Jones Undergraduates 395 MCR President Kader Allouni Graduates 230 Homepage Boatclub Magdalen College (pronounced ) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of... Carfax, at the west end of the High Street, Oxford. ... The Plain is an important junction, now a roundabout constructed in 1950, just east of Magdalen Bridge in Oxford, England. ... For the song by Yes, see Roundabout (song) A roundabout or rotary is a type of road junction (or traffic calming device) at which traffic streams around a central island, after first yielding (giving way) to the circulating traffic. ...

The present elegant stone bridge was designed by John Gwynn of Shrewsbury and built in 17721782. It was widened in 1882. According to Pevsner, the bridge has "good sturdy balusters", although these have been replaced over the years because of degradation due to pollution. John Gwynn (1713-28 February 1786) was an English architect and civil engineer of the 18th century, and one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768. ... Shrewsbury (pronounced either or ) is a town of 70,560 inhabitants [1] in Shropshire, England. ... Year 1772 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1782 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Nikolaus Pevsner (January 30, 1902 - August 18, 1983) was a German-born British historian of art and, especially, architecture. ...

The bridge is the scene of large crowds every 1 May early in the morning for the traditional May Morning celebrations in Oxford. It is traditional for students to jump off the bridge, although there have been injuries, some serious, during some years, since the water level in the Cherwell can drop considerably in dry periods. May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... May Morning is an annual event in Oxford on May Day (1 May). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

As well as Magdalen College and its beautiful tower, also close by are the Oxford Botanic Garden and Magdalen College School. It is possible to hire punts from a boathouse at the base of the bridge. Magdalen Tower may mean: Magdalen Tower, Oxford Magdalen Tower (Ireland) Category: ... The gardens under snow. ... Magdalen College School or MCS is a boys independent day school currently located on the edge of central Oxford, England. ... Punting while dressed for Cambridge graduation This article concentrates on the history and development of punts and punting in England, for other usages see the disambiguation pages at punt and punter. ...


  • Sherwood, Jennifer and Pevsner, Sir Nikolaus B.L. (1974) The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, Penguin Books, p.311, ISBN 0-14-071045-0.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner CBE (January 30, 1902 – August 18, 1983) was a German-born British historian of art and, especially, architecture. ...

External links

  • Magdalen Bridge, Oxford
  • Magdalen Bridge Boathouse
  • Restrictions on Magdalen Bridge by Tom Pinnock, The Oxford Student, 2004

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By this time Oxford was a city of two halves: the university city to the west of Magdalen Bridge (from where students traditionally jump into the River Cherwell every May Day morning) and the car town to the east.
This led to the witticism that "Oxford is the left bank of Cowley".
Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia", Oxford resident, undergraduate at Jesus, postgraduate at Magdalen.
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