- When Nicholas Wadham died in 1609, his will included the provision of a new college in Oxford. His widow Dorothy carried out his plan to such good effect that Wadham was founded in 1612, only three years after her husband's death. It was so well designed and laid out in the Oxford-Jacobean style that no major modifications have been necessary. The original statutes prevented the Warden (head of the college) from marrying and it required a special act of Parliament nearly 200 years later in 1806 to change them. During holidays, the college is only open from 10a-11:30a, daily.
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