King's College, Cambridge University
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
King's now occupies a lovely riverside location in the centre of Cambridge, but its first site was between the Chapel and Senate House Passage. No sooner had Henry established his college than he purchased new lands where the present Back Lawns and Front Court are now and began building on a much grander scale.
He planned a grand court composed of three residential ranges and a chapel, with a cloister and bell tower on the river side. The chapel was begun in 1446, but the Wars of the Roses intervened and when Henry was deposed in 1461 it was only partly built. Work proceeded sporadically until 1508, when Henry VII granted funds, but the work was not complete until 1544. For a full history and guide to the magnificent Chapel, click here. As for the residential ranges only the east range was begun, and traces can sometimes be seen under the lawn.
The Fellow's Garden is a pleasantly informal Victorian garden open as part of the National Gardens Scheme for one Sunday afternoon in mid-July.
Famous Members of King's College
Sir Francis Walsingham
Sir Robert Walpole
King's College Chapel is generally open to the public (for a fee) but is occasionally closed for recordings, broadcasts, concerts, or other special events.
About King's College
Address: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, CB2 1ST
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: King's College
Phone: 01223 331 212
Fax: 01223 331 315
OS: TL448 584
Photo Credit: David Ross and Brtitain Express
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