"The Duke looked up at the tower of Merton"
Tower of Merton College
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The great tower of Merton College was completed in 1450. It is generally regarded as a smaller version of the later built Magdalen Great Tower.


Merton College, founded by and named for Walter de Merton (c.1205-1277), is one of the oldest colleges of the University. In fact Merton College, Balliol College, and University College vie on different grounds for the title of the oldest surviving college in Oxford.