Yesterday, Michalina, one of our PAs, took a group of students over to Lincoln College for a tour. Founded in 1427, it is the 9th oldest college in Oxford. Lincoln is a college of firsts, being the first to have a Middle Common Room – a room exclusively for graduate students, and the first college to commission portraits of non-benefactors or fellows of the college. Two portraits were commissioned for a chef and a butler who had worked for the college for 30 and 28 years respectively.
Lincoln also has a few tales to tell
As is common with Oxford colleges, the College has a long-standing rivalry with neighbour Brasenose College (which was also founded by a later Bishop of Lincoln). The two colleges share a tradition revived annually on Ascension Day. The story goes that, centuries ago, as a mob chased students at the University through the town, the Lincoln porter allowed in the Lincoln students but refused entry to the Brasenose member, leaving him to the mercy of the mob. An alternative is that a Lincoln man bested a Brasenose man in a duel. Either episode resulted in the Brasenose student’s death, and ever since, on Ascension Day, Lincoln College has invited in members of Brasenose College every year through the one door connecting the two colleges, for free beer as penance. Since the nineteenth century, the beer has been flavoured with ivy so as to discourage excessive consumption. – Wikipedia
Our students had a tamer experience, but fun none the less!