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Hertford College
University Of Oxford The Bridge Of Sighs.jpg
Hertford College Oxford Coat Of Arms (Motto).svg
Blazon: Gules, a hart's head cabossed argent, attired and between the attire a cross patty Or, fitched in the foot
University Oxford
Location Catte Street and New College Lane
Coordinates 51°45′15″N 1°15′12″W / 51.754205°N 1.253467°W / 51.754205; -1.253467
Full name Hertford College in the University of Oxford
Latin name Collegium Hertfordiense
Motto Latin: [Sicut cervus anhelat ad fontes aquarum] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)
As the hart panteth after the water brooks
Established 1282 as Hart Hall
1490 as Magdalen Hall
1740 and 1874 as Hertford College
Named for Elias de Hertford
Sister college None
Principal Tom Fletcher
Undergraduates 403 (2017/2018)
Postgraduates 222
Grace Benedictus benedicat
May the Blessed One bless
Benedicto benedicatur
May the Blessed One be blessed
Website Hertford.ox.ac.uk
Boat club Hertford College Boat Club
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Hertford College, Oxford is located in Oxford city centre
Hertford College, Oxford
Location in Oxford city centre

Hertford College ( HART-fərd) is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. It is located on Catte Street in the centre of Oxford, directly opposite the main gate to the Bodleian Library. The college is known for its iconic bridge, the Bridge of Sighs. There are around 600 students at the college at any one time, comprising undergraduates, graduates and visiting students from overseas.

The first Hertford College began in the 1280s as Hart Hall and became a college in 1740 but was dissolved in 1816. In 1820, the site was taken over by Magdalen Hall, which had emerged around 1490 on a site adjacent to Magdalen College. In 1874, Magdalen Hall was incorporated as a college, reviving the name Hertford College. In 1974, Hertford was part of the first group of all-male Oxford colleges to admit women.

Alumni of the college's predecessor institutions include William Tyndale, John Donne, Thomas Hobbes and Jonathan Swift. More recently, former students have included author Evelyn Waugh, the first female Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the civil servants Jeremy Heywood and Olly Robbins, and the newsreaders and reporters Fiona Bruce, Carrie Gracie, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Natasha Kaplinsky.

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