All the Oxford Colleges Used As Locations In The Inspector LEWIS Series. PART ONE.

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As the title suggests this post is about all the Oxford colleges used as locations in all 33 episodes of the Lewis series. I will only mention those colleges which were used as a location internally. However, I will mention a college if someone is simply exiting or entering a college or it is used to establish where a character is. At the end of the post there is an alphabetical list of the colleges used, plus which episodes were filmed therein.

I have already created two posts, part one and part two, for the Oxford Colleges utilised in the Morse episodes.

Click HERE to read part one of the Oxford Colleges utilised in the Morse series. Click HERE for part two. The links will open in a new window.

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I plan to also create a post about all the Oxford colleges used in the Endeavour series and then a post with a list of all three series combined.

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The times are based on the British DVDs. The times stated are not exact but are within the minute the location appears.

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The Pilot Episode: Reputation.

At 18 seconds we get an establishing shot of Wadham College where Danny Griffin is studying.

18 Minutes.

Lewis and Hathaway enter Wadham College directed to Danny Griffin’s room by a porter played by Colin Dexter.

We can only assume that Danny’s room is in Wadham College.

22 minutes and 25 seconds.

Lewis enters a college looking for Ivor Denniston.

I believe this is also Wadham College though I am not 100% sure. The arrow in the photo below points to where I believe Lewis enters what would be Wadham College cloisters.

37 minutes and 30 seconds.

Danny is entering Wadham College from Parks Road.

38 minutes and 30 seconds.

Lewis and Hathaway are talking to Hal Bose.

This is Wadham College Cloisters that are behind the main quadrangle.

53 minutes.

Lewis is walking and talking with Hal Bose.

I believe this is the back quad of Wadham College.

Whom The Gods Would Destroy. (S1E1)

At the beginning of the episode we get exterior and interior shots of Magdalen College.

The final photo is of the steps leading up to the Magdalen dining hall.

One minute and 18 seconds we see Oriel College Dining Hall not Magdalen.

 

24 minutes and 56 seconds Lewis and Hathaway leave the ‘master’s lodgings.’ In reality the building they are leaving what is known as the President’s Lodgings.

39 minutes and 50 seconds sees Innocent and Lewis having drinks before a recital.

The above is New College Front Quad.

After the above they move into the chapel to hear the recital.

The above is New College Chapel.

OLD SCHOOL TIES. (S1E2)

At 30 seconds Professor Weller walks through the Front Quad of Merton College.

43 minutes and 25 seconds.

Hathaway goes to what is Merton College to talk to Caroline Morton.

54 minutes.

Lewis and Hathaway are walking the front quad of Merton College.

One Hour and 6 Minutes.

Lewis is waiting to talk to David Harvey.

This is Merton College. It is a raised area adjacent to Merton Field.

One hour and 25 minutes.

Lewis and Hathaway visit Oriel College to talk to David Harvey.

EXPIATION. (S1E3)

At three minutes the camera moves around a garden.

This is Exeter College.

12 minutes and 45 seconds. A girl walks through a quad.

This is again Exeter College.

 

15 minutes and 50 seconds.

Lewis and Hathaway decide to visit Le Plassiter at Exeter College

20 minutes and 30 seconds.

This is the elevated part of the Fellows’ garden in Exeter College.

Exeter College Fellows Garden. The same scene as above.

 

AND THE MOONBEAMS KISSED THE SEA. (S2E1)

23 MINUTES AND 47 SECONDS.

The college where Dr Stringer lectures.

This is Corpus Christi College.

28 minutes and 20 seconds.

Lewis and Hathaway visit Corpus Christi College to talk to Mr Jefferies.

30  minutes.

Lewis and Hathaway decide to visit Sandra Walters the Mathematician.

This is University College.

32 minutes and 15 seconds

One hour and 29 minutes.

Lewis and Hathaway talk to Philip. This is the Shelley Memorial in University College.

MUSIC TO DIE FOR. (S2E2)

SIX MINUTES.

Jack walks into Trinity College Dining Hall.

So, yes this is Trinity College with its distinctive marble inlays.

13 minutes and 30 seconds.

Jack meets Sarah then Milo turns up.

This is Trinity College.

19 minutes.

Lewis and Hathaway walking through Trinity College after the boxing club scene. However, the boxing club is not in Trinity College.

21 minutes and 40 seconds

Jack cycles through Trinity College.

32 minutes and 25 seconds. Milo meets Richard.

LIFE BORN OF FIRE. (S2E3)

9 minutes and 30 seconds.

Lewis and Hathaway visit Will McEwan’s father.

This is Exeter College.

22 minutes.

Lady Hugh walking through Brasenose College.

34 minutes and 15 seconds.

Lewis and lady Hugh have come through Brasenose College entrance at Radcliffe Square.

After they walk through Brasenose entrance they end up in a different college.

This is Lincoln College.

During the same scene Lady Hugh and Lewis walk to her office rooms/office.

50 minutes.

Lewis meets Nova Rose.

This is Brasenose College with it’s distinctive sundial.

52 minutes and eighteen seconds.

Lewis visits the club Communion.

This is Mansfield College.

1 hour.

Lewis and Hathaway are walking and talking after Lady Hugh’s death.

Brasenose College.

THE GREAT AND THE GOOD. (S2E4)

23 and a half minutes, Hathaway and Lewis visit Simon Ashton.

This is Hertford College.

In the same scene as above, Hathaway and Lewis ring the bell to the master’s home, Simon Ashton.

At 1h and 20 minutes, Hathaway is at Simon Ashton’s home in Hertford College.

ALLEGORY OF LOVE. (S3E1)

The opening shot of the episode

This is Magdalen College.

The camera pans around to Addison’s Walk.

At around the 3 minute mark we see Professor Hamid Jassim and Professor Norman Deering.

At almost 14 minutes we see Professor Jassim enter his rooms.

At around the 18 minute mark Hathaway and Lewis visit Prof. Jassim’s rooms.

This is, as written above, University College.

At around 20 minutes Lewis and Hathaway leave Prof. Jassim’s rooms and bump into Ginny.

This is still University College. It is the main front quad.

After the above scene Ginny goes to Dorian Crane’s rooms.

This is still University College.

The above is the main front quad.

At around the 27 minute mark we see the two professors playing backgammon.

At around 31 minutes Lewis and Hathaway visit Professor Deering.

This is the same room in which the two professors played backgammon.

At around 39 and a half minutes Prof. Deering bumps into Dorian Crane.

This is still University College.

At around the 43 and a half minute mark. Lewis and Hathaway walk past the Australian student.

This is the front main quad of the University College.

At around the 44 and a half minute mark, Lewis and Hathaway catch up with Dorian Crane.

This is Radcliffe Quad in University College.

At around 45 minutes Hathaway and Lewis talk to Dorian in his rooms.

This is University College looking out over the front quad.

At around the one hour mark Hathaway and Lewis are talking to the Australian student after she had been attacked.

This is adjacent to the Master’s Lodgings as can be seen on the right.

The two professors are walking and talking. at around the one hour and 4 minute mark.

This is again the Radcliffe Quad in University College.

THE QUALITY OF MERCY

Around the one and half minute mark we see the group rehearsing.

The scene is shot in the Fellows’ garden of Exeter College.

At about the five minute mark we see Simon Monkford.

This is front quad of Exeter College. The door to the left of the girl is one of two entrances to Fellows’ Garden.

After the above scene Simon walks into a Rector’s Garden of Exeter College where we see the manger of the acting troop, Emma Golding.

At 7 and a half minutes we are back in Fellows’ Garden.

At 11 and a half minutes Lewis is walking and talking with Emma.

After the above scene we see Simon Monkford being interviewed by Hathaway.

This is again in the Rector’s Garden. The building above Hathaway’s head is the Sheldonian Theatre.

At about 13 and a half minutes Lewis goes searching for Hathaway.

Attribution: Robin Sones / Fellows Garden, Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford / CC BY-SA 2.0

Hathaway and Lewis talk to Philip. About 17 minutes.

This is Exeter College Fellows’ Garden.

After the above scene Lewis and Hathaway talk.

This is a door that connects Exeter College Fellows’ Garden to Brasenose Lane.

At about 24 minutes Emma walks Lewis and Hathaway out of Exeter College.

This is the entrance/exit to Exeter College on Turl Street.

At around 31 minutes Lewis gives permission for the actors to go ahead with the play.

Fellows’ Garden.

After the above scene Lewis talks to Amanda Costello.

This is Rector’s Garden.

At about 35 and a half minutes Lewis and Hathaway walk and talk.

This is the front quad of Exeter College.

About 1 hour and 25 minutes Lewis and Hathaway and Emma talk.

This is the front quad of Exeter College.

At the end of the episode Lewis and Hathaway walk out of what is supposed to be the Crown Court.

This is in fact Rhodes Building, Oriel College, High Street, Oxford.

The large door is the entrance into Rhodes Building, Oriel College.

THE POINT OF VANISHING (S3E3)

Around the first minute we see Hope Ransome climbing down from her room where her boyfriend Daniel Rattenbury awaits.

This is Oriel College.

At around the 20 minute mark we Hathaway and Lewis are having a coffee in Broad Street when they see Hope being bothered by paparazzi.

We then see Manfred Canter looking out of a college window.

This is Trinity College.

The blue arrow is pointing toward an architectural feature on Trinity College which corresponds to the feature that can be seen in the screenshot below.

Canter can then be seen teaching.

There is little chance of knowing for sure if this is Trinity but it could very well be.

At around the 31 and a half minute mark after the scene where Lewis walks with Hope we get this scene.

This is Balliol College.

At around 32 minutes Hathaway and Lewis leave Daniel’s room.

Though Lewis and Hathaway went to Balliol College to interview Daniel the door they exit after leaving Daniel is not Balliol

This is Oriel College.

At around the One hour and nine minute mark, Lewis and Hathaway enter Oriel College and then walk around to come across Hope get ready to leave.

COUNTER CULTURE BLUES (S3E4)

Within the first minute we see Kitty play.

This is Pembroke College Chapel.

At around 18 minutes Kitty enters Pembroke College via Pembroke Street.

At around 20 minutes Kitty is seen playing in Pembroke College again.

At around 31 minutes Lewis is seen walking through Canterbury Quad, St. John’s College.

Ata round the 54 and a half minute mark we see peter and Hathaway enter and walk through Brasenose College.

THE DEAD OF WINTER (S4E1)

Around the 38th minute Hathaway visits Professor Pelham.

Around the one hour mark Lewis visits Francis Woodville at Brasenose.

Around one hour and three minutes Hathaway and Lewis are to be found in Brasenose College.

DARK MATTER (S4E2)

About one minute Roger Temple is seen cycling down Turl Street and then entering a College.

This is Lincoln College.

 

At around two minutes we see Isobel Compton at a firing range. I believe this is Oriel college but I am not certain enough to include it here as a location.

Around three minutes Laura Hobson enters Lincoln College.

Laura enters Lincoln College from another entrance on Turl Street.

At about three and a half minutes, Malcolm Finniston enters the college through the same entrance as above. Lincoln renamed Gresham.

At about 8 minutes we get a shot of Lincoln College then Isobel Compton taking to Roger.

This is in the same area where we saw Laura and Finniston.

Around 13 minutes we get a shot of the Rector’s Garden in Lincoln College.

After the above scene we see Lewis and Hathaway leave Isobel and walk through the Rector’s Garden.

At around 16 minutes Lewis and Hathaway talk to Gwen Raeburn.

At around 24 minutes we first see Finniston then Lewis and Hathaway meeting the doctor.

We are no longer in Lincoln College but are instead in Oriel College.

About 27 minutes Lewis and Hathaway enter Lincoln College Dining Hall.

Around the 35 minute mark Jez and Kate leave the college into Turl Street.

Arnold and Gwen Raeburn are being interviewed about 40 minutes.

This is again Oriel College and the same quad where Lewis and Hathaway met the doctor. See above.

After Lewis and Hathaway persuade Laura to spy for them they are seen meeting Roger. We are back to Lincoln College.

At 47 minutes the doctor gets shot.

This is still Oriel College the third quad. This quad backs on to the High Street.

At 57 minutes Roger Temple is seen leaving Lincoln College.

After the above scene with Roger we are in Lincoln College Dining Hall.

At around one hour and one minute Lewis and Hathaway talking to Finniston.

This is Oriel College in the second quad.

At about one hour and four minutes Lewis and Hathaway race off to the observatory.

At around one hour and 12 minutes we see people walking through Lincoln College.

The people in the above picture are walking in the direction of the arrow in the picture below.

At around the one hour and 18 minutes the concert is being held in Oriel College.

This is being held in the of Oriel in the third quad.

 

At about one hour and 21 minutes Lewis, Hathaway and Innocent find Babs Temple’s cleaning cart.

Strangely, this is in the third quad of Oriel College where the concert is also supposed to be happening.

At about one hour and 27 minutes they bring out the injured Babs Temple followed by Lewis and Hathaway.

This is the Lincoln College quad.

YOUR SUDDEN DEATH QUESTION (S4E3)

Near the beginning of the episode we see Ethan, Robyn and Eve enter what is referred to as Chaucer College.

This is in fact Merton College.

They all entered the door highlighted by the arrow.

At about a minute and a half we see the porter walking through Merton College front quad.

After the above scene we see Diane Baxter walking through a quad.

She is walking through Fellows Quad.

At around the 14 minute mark we see Ethan showing Eve and Robyn around the college.

This is in Fellows Quad and then they walk into the front quad of Merton College.

In the next scene we see all three in the front quad of Merton College.

We then see another couple walk through and up a staircase watched by the porter.

This is the front quad of Merton College.

At around 15 minutes we see Sophie and Alfie ringing the bell on the front door of Merton College on Merton Street.

It’s the same entrance we see in the first scene with Ethan, Robyn and Eve. In reality that bell doesn’t exist on Merton.

After the above scene Alfie and Sophie walk through Merton College.

Alfie and Sophie are walking where the arrow indicates.

Then during the above scene they find Ethan’s dead body.

The ‘pond’ is a prop. No such ‘pond’ exists on Merton College grounds.

At about 18 minutes we see Laura and Lewis in the same spot as shown above.

At around the 23 minute mark Hathaway talks to Sebastian.

This is Merton College to the side of Merton College Chapel.

The red arrow indicates where Sebastian and Hathaway exit. The blue arrow is where Sebastian sits.

Around the 28 minute mark Hathaway interviews Robyn.

This is Fellows Quad. The bench is a prop.

The next scene where Hathaway talks to Professor Terry is also Fellows Quad.

At around the 30 minute mark we see Prof. Terry and three other walking supposedly to the college library.

This is Mob Quad of Merton College.

They are walking in the direction of the red arrow.

At about 30 minutes we see Professor Terry and the three others in a library.

This is Lincoln College Library.

Lincoln College Library is marked by the red arrow.

After the above scene we find Hathaway and Lewis in Merton College Chapel.

At around 43 minutes the two soldiers meet in the Front Quad of Merton.

The stretcher at around 45 minutes is being dragged through the Front Quad of Merton College.

Lewis and Hathaway meet in Fellows College, Merton College.

At around 53 minutes Robyn and Marcus meet in Merton College Chapel.

At about one hour and one minute we see the porter walk with Hathaway and Lewis.

They walk from the front quad into Fellows Quad.

At about one hour and six minutes Hathaway is talking on the phone.

The above is in the Front Quad of Merton College indicated by the red arrow in the photo below.

At around one hour and 11 minutes Hathaway is talking to Diane.

The above scene is in the gardens of Merton College. The wall to the right abuts Deadman’s Walk adjacent to Merton Field.

At about one hour and 14 minutes Hathaway visits what is Lincoln College.

FALLING DARKNESS (S4E4)

At about the three minute mark the students are celebrating Halloween.

This is Trinity College. This is Durham Quadrangle.

Durham Quad indicated by the red arrow.

At about 4 minutes we see Madeleine.

This is at the entrance to Durham Quad from the Front Quad.

At around 44 minutes Lewis heads towards the Broad Street entrance to Trinity College.

 

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And so that is the end of Part One. Part two will be coming shortly. I hope you enjoyed this post.

List of Colleges and the episodes filmed at those locations in alphabetical order.

BALLIOL COLLEGE

The Point of Vanishing.

BRASENOSE COLLEGE

Life Born of Fire.

Counter Culture Blues.

The Dead of Winter.

CORPUS CHRISTI

And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea.

EXETER COLLEGE

Expiation.

Life Born of Fire.

The Quality of Mercy.

HERTFORD COLLEGE

The Great and the Good.

LINCOLN COLLEGE

Life Born of Fire.

Dark Matter.

Your Sudden Death Question.

MAGDALEN COLLEGE

Whom the Gods would Destroy.

Allegory of Love.

MANSFIELD COLLEGE

Life Born of Fire.

MERTON COLLEGE

Old School Ties.

Your Sudden Death Question.

NEW COLLEGE

Whom the Gods would Destroy.

ORIEL COLLEGE

Old School Ties.

The Quality of Mercy.

The Point of Vanishing.

Dark Matter.

PEMBROKE COLLEGE

Counter Culture Blues.

ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE

Counter Culture Blues.

TRINITY COLLEGE

Music to Die For.

The Point of Vanishing.

Falling Darkness.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea.

Whom the Gods Would Destroy.

Allegory of Love.

WADHAM COLLEGE

Pilot Episode: Reputation.

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Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died last year of Covid. I am now about to start my third year year at Edinburgh University studying for a second degree this one being English Literature. My other degree is in Ecological Science. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

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