Postcards of the Past

Mansfield College, Oxford

Mansfield is unusual amongst Oxford colleges in that it originated in Birmingham where it was founded in 1838 as Spring Hill College. As a Nonconformist college it offered residential courses in general and theological education. Then in 1871 an Act of Parliament abolished all religious tests for non-theological degrees at Oxford, enabling nonconformists to enter Britain's best universities. Gladstone recommended that a nonconformist institution be set up in Oxford, and in 1886, Spring Hill moved to temporary accommodation on the High. The present college buildings were completed in 1889.