Detail of David Loggan's 1675 engraving of Balliol College, showing the Broad Street frontage

College History

As one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, Balliol’s history has been subject to several historical studies. The most recent, accessible and up-to-date of these is John Jones’ Balliol College: a History, 2nd ed. (OUP, 1997). Other research has been conducted into various facets of College history, and introductory guides to these can be found below.

A brief history of Balliol

Founders and benefactors

Past members and alumni

Estates and ecclesiastical patronage