Jesus College, Cambridge University
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Alcock's memory is preserved in the rebus, or architectural pun, set above the entry. In Alcock's case the rebus is fairly straightforward; a number of cockerels strut above the gateway.
The college was founded in 1496 upon the remains of a nunnery dedicated to St. Mary and St Radegund. Bishop Alcock had the nunnery closed and the nuns disbanded for bad behaviour. The nunnery design is clearly preserved in the cloisters to the right of First Court. The refectory became the college hall, and the house of the prioress became the Master's Lodge.
Alcock's original charter for the college called for it to be given the unwieldy name of "The College of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and the glorious Virgin Saint Radegund, near Cambridge". Not surprisingly the name was later shortened, and instead the college was called after the priory chapel, which had been dedicated to Jesus.
The chapel is the highlight of a visit to Jesus College. It is joined by a Norman gallery from the nunnery building, and the chancel is mostly 13th century. It was sympathetically restored in the 19th century, much of the work attributable to Augustus Pugin (most widely known for his work on the Houses of Parliament). The painted ceiling of the nave was designed by William Morris, and the windows in the nave and transepts were completed by Morris to a design by his friend and collaborator Edward Burne-Jones.
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury
John Flamsteed, astronomer
Laurence Sterne, author
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet
Alistair Cooke, broadcaster and writer
HRH the Prince Edward
About Jesus College
Address: Jesus Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, CB5 8BL
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Jesus College
Phone: 01223 339 339
OS: TL453 589
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
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