Hertford College (in its various guises) is believed to have existed on what is now Catte Street since 1282, making it one of the oldest educational institutions in Oxford. Repeatedly remodeled and restyled over seven centuries, the site today offers an interesting juxtaposition of architectural features and styles. Most famously, the nineteenth-century redevelopments and additions by the architect Thomas Jackson have given the college its eccentric, quirky appearance: in deliberate contrast to the majority of Oxford colleges, the three quadrangles are markedly less formal and homogenous.
The main college site on Catte Street comprises three distinct areas:
Old Buildings Quadrangle, known as 'OB Quad', is the oldest part of the site, and comprises an assortment of architectural features ranging from medieval to nineteenth-century gothic revival. In it you will find the Lodge, Hall, Old Hall, Chapel, Library, Senior Common Room, Bursary, College Office, Development Office, International Programmes Office, IT Office, the Boyd Room, the Ferrar Room, the Gilbert Library, the Henry Wilkinson Room, the Old Lodge, the Swift Room, the Vaughn Williams Room, the Van Noorden Room, and the Principal's Lodgings, as well as tutors' rooms, administrative offices and student bedrooms.
New Buildings Quadrangle, known as 'NB Quad', dates to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and is connected to OB Quad by the College Bridge which spans New College Lane. In it you will find the Surgery, Middle Common Room, the College Bar, the College Gymnasium, the Laundry, the Maintenance Workshop, in addition to tutors' rooms, administrative offices and student bedrooms.
Holywell Quadrangle is the most recent addition to the college site, constructed in the latter half of the twentieth century. In it you will find the Baring Room and the Junior Common Room, as well as a large number of student bedrooms.