Trinity in the Eighteenth Century

Numbers of students at Oxford were very low in the 18th century, and the fellows enjoyed a comfortable and easy life as they waited for opportunities to become parochial clergy.

One notable member of the Trinity fellowship was Thomas Warton, Camden Professor of History, Poet Laureate and friend of Samuel Johnson. It was at Trinity that Warton wrote his highly influential History of English Poetry (1774-81).

Thomas Warton, by Joshua Reynolds

Thomas Warton, by Joshua Reynolds

The College garden at this time became highly formal, with a maze, a stately avenue of lime trees, and complex patterns of paths, obelisks and sculpted yews.

The Trinity Garden, by William Williams

The Trinity Garden, by William Williams

 

 

 

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