Trinity College, Cambridge University
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
King's Hall, not to be confused with King's College, was founded in 1337, and its buildings now form the northern part of the Great Range at Trinity.
Henry VIII made sure that Trinity was well endowed, with gifts of land and former monastic estates. Trinity became one of the richest and most prestigious of Cambridge colleges, drawing to it the sons of many leading families.
But it is Great Court that draws the immediate attention of visitors. It is the largest and most impressive court of any at Cambridge (and larger than any Oxford Quad, too). Nevile was the mastermind of Great Court; he demolished the old hall and erected the present building, notable for its lantern and wonderful hammerbeam roof. Nevile even had the clock tower dismantled and moved, brick by brick, to its present position by the chapel.
Rumour has it that the apple tree outside the college gate is a direct descendant of the tree which dropped an apple on Isaac Newton's head, prompting him to evolve his theory of gravity.
The Library at Trinity College, which faces into Nevile's Court, was built to a design by Christopher Wren, and finished in 1695. Wren designed not only the overall structure, but even took a hand in the furniture! He brought in Grinling Gibbons to carve the limewood decorative elements as well as the royal coat of arms at each end of the building. Busts of notable Trinity members dot the interior, including a full length marble statue of Lord Byron originally intended for Westminster Abbey.
There are 6 exhibition cases in the Library, with rotating displays from the Library's collection of books and manuscripts. Almost always displayed is the Library's prize possession, an 8th century copy of Epistles of St Paul, as well as an autographed version of Milton's poems, A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, and Newton's annotated Principia.
Opening Details for the Wren Library
Entry to the Wren Library is free, but a charge applies to enter the college. If you want to visit just the library, enter by Queen's Road or Garret Hostel Lane.
FAMOUS TRINITY MEMBERS
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
About Trinity College
Address: Trinity Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, CB2 1TQ
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Trinity College
Phone: 01223 338 400
OS: TL448 587
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