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Lady Margaret Hall
Established for the education of women in 1878 by a great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth, Lady Margaret Hall (or LMH, as it is known to its members) is one of the few Oxford Colleges located on the River Cherwell. The grounds of the college, which was named for the mother of Henry VII, are twelve graceful acres, and punting on the river is a common pastime.
Co-educational since 1979, LMH boasts neo-Georgian buildings that have been home to such distinguished alumni as Antonia Fraser, Nigella Lawson, and the late Benazir Bhutto. According to the college website, LMH “has provided a very special educational experience within a genuinely co-educational community, profoundly influenced by its own previous history of women's education.” Some well-known residents of the college also include the ducks who can be seen waddling across the quad. A recent Junior Common Room motion officially named the ducks and gave them access to the Common Room.