Postcards of the Past

St John's College, Oxford

St John's College, which is believed to be one of the wealthiest in Oxford, was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas White, a merchant. He bought buildings which had belonged to the former College of St Bernard, a Cistercian College which had been closed during Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536-1541). The college initially concentrated on producing Anglican clergymen but became known for law and medicine.