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Oxford, England
Oxford skyline as seen from New College, with Hertford College in the foreground
Public DomainOxford skyline as seen from New College, with Hertford College in the foreground - Credit: Wallace Wong, Wikimedia Commons

The first part of Brideshead Revisited is set in Oxford, the English university town where Sebastian Flyte and Charles Ryder meet. There are many references to Oxford landmarks, such as churches and pubs, and also to various Oxford University colleges, including Merton, Balliol and, most notably, Christ Church, where Sebastian Flyte and Anthony Blanche have rooms.

Although Charles Ryder's college is not named, it is believed to be based on Waugh's own Hertford College.

 

Christ Church, Oxford
Creative Commons AttributionChrist Church, Oxford - Credit: Jimmy Harris, Flickr