Emmanuel College entrance portico
Emmanuel College entrance portico

Emmanuel College was founded in 1584, but the most striking and attractive building is the college chapel, built in 1677 by Sir Christopher Wren. The main entrance is from St. Andrew's Street, past a very small garden space. The front is a neo-classical addition of 1769-75, built by James Essex.

Wren's chapel is in Front Court, joined to the cloister and Long Gallery, while the hall is to your left as you enter. Within the chapel is a memorial to John Harvard, a former student who went on to found Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts.

In New Court is a herb garden, a memory, perhaps, of the Dominican priory which held this land before the college took it over following the Reformation. Remnants of the priory buildings remain, notably in the walls of the library.

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About Emmanuel College
Address: St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, CB2 3AP
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Emmanuel College
Email: enquiries@emma.cam.ac.uk
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OS: TL452582
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


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