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  • Reason for inclusion: Nicholas Utechin chose this college as Holmes’ on the basis that an Edmund Gore Alexander Holmes went up there in 1869 on a scholarship, a George Musgrave and a John Escott (Holmes used the pseudonym Escott in “Charles Augustus Milverton”) also attended the college at the relevant times. Roger Lancelyn Green identifies St John’s College with “St Luke’s” in “The Three Students”

    Accessibility: Check website. Normally opening times are 1pm-5pm daily (or until dusk in winter)

    Description: Founded in 1555. Medieval architecture from a previous foundation and the first Renaissance architecture in Oxford. Now the wealthiest Oxford College. Reputation for its teaching on law, medicine, PPE and theology.

    Comments: That Sherlock Holmes studied as St John’s would explain the otherwise mysterious comment in “The Three Students” that Holmes knew the door structure in the college.

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