Trinity Hall, Cambridge

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Trinity Hall

The main entrance to Trinity Hall in Trinity Lane
           
Full nameCollege of Scholars of the Holy Trinity of Norwich
FounderWilliam Bateman, Bishop of Norwich
Named afterThe Holy Trinity
Established1350
AdmissionMen and women
MasterProfessor Martin Daunton
Undergraduates390[1]
Graduates231[1]
Sister collegesAll Souls College, Oxford;
University College, Oxford
LocationTrinity Lane (map)
Trinity Hall heraldic shield
College website
JCR website
MCR website
Boat Club website
 
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Colleges of the University of Cambridge

Trinity Hall

The main entrance to Trinity Hall in Trinity Lane
           
Full nameCollege of Scholars of the Holy Trinity of Norwich
FounderWilliam Bateman, Bishop of Norwich
Named afterThe Holy Trinity
Established1350
AdmissionMen and women
MasterProfessor Martin Daunton
Undergraduates390[1]
Graduates231[1]
Sister collegesAll Souls College, Oxford;
University College, Oxford
LocationTrinity Lane (map)
Trinity Hall heraldic shield
College website
JCR website
MCR website
Boat Club website
The Jerwood Library in Latham Court backs on to the River Cam next to Garret Hostel Bridge.

Trinity Hall is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England. It is the fifth-oldest college of the university, having been founded in 1350 by William Bateman, Bishop of Norwich.

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Founding [edit]

The devastation caused by the Black Death plague of the 1340s caused the loss of nearly half of the English population; Bishop Bateman himself lost nearly 700 of his parish priests, and so his decision to found a college was probably centred around a need to rebuild the priesthood. Thus in the foundation of 1350, Bateman stated that the college's aim was "the promotion of divine worship and of canon and civil science and direction of the commonwealth and especially of our church and diocese of Norwich." This led the college to be particularly strong in legal studies, a tradition that has continued over the centuries.[2]

Buildings [edit]

Trinity Hall, Cambridge University

The college site on the River Cam was originally obtained from the purchase of a house from John de Crauden to house the monks during their study, and the main court was built in the college's first few decades.

The chapel was licensed in 1352 and built in 1366, in the year that Pope Urban V granted the Master and Fellows permission to celebrate Mass in the college. In 1729, Sir Nathaniel Lloyd redecorated the chapel in what, despite subsequent enlargements, remains an intimate style, forming the smallest of the University's chapels. The painting in the chapel is Maso da San Friano's Salutation or Visitation, depicting Mary's visit to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.

Like the chapel, the Hall of the college was rebuilt by Sir Nathaniel Lloyd and enlarged in the 19th century. It also remains one of the smallest and most intimate halls in the University.

The college library was built in the late sixteenth century, probably during the mastership of Thomas Preston and is now principally used for the storage of manuscripts and rare books. The new Jerwood Library overlooking the river was opened by Lord Howe in 1999.

The college also owns properties in the centre of Cambridge, on Bateman Street and Thompson's Lane, and on its Wychfield Site next to Fitzwilliam College.

A panoramic view of Latham Lawn and adjacent buildings

College life [edit]

Historically, Trinity Hall was known for being strong in Law; today, it has strengths not only in Law but across a range of academic subjects across the sciences, arts and humanities. Situated on the River Cam, nested between Clare College and Trinity College, the college is known for its friendly and unpretentious atmosphere. It also performs well at sport (e.g., rowing by its Boat Club) and has well-known musical and dramatic societies.[citation needed]

It is a relatively small institution when compared to its larger but younger neighbour, Trinity College, founded in 1546. At first all colleges in Cambridge were known as Halls or Houses (e.g., Pembroke College was called Pembroke Hall) and then later changed their names from Hall to College. However, when Henry VIII founded Trinity College, Cambridge next door, it became clear that Trinity Hall would continue being known as a Hall. This is also why it is incorrect to call it Trinity Hall College, although Trinity Hall college (lower case) is, strictly speaking, accurate. Interestingly a similar situation existed once before in the history of the University, when Henry VI founded King's College (in 1441) despite the existence of King's Hall (founded in 1317). King's Hall was later dissolved in the foundation of Trinity College in 1546.

Masters and Fellows [edit]

The present Master is historian Professor Martin Daunton.[3]

Paired Oxford Colleges [edit]

Many Cambridge and Oxford Colleges are informally 'paired' with one another. Trinity Hall is paired both with All Souls College, Oxford and University College, Oxford.

Gallery [edit]

Notable alumni [edit]

NameBirthDeathCareer
Hans Blix1928Former UN Chief Weapons Inspector
Stephen Hawking1942Physicist
J.B. Priestley18941984Writer
Marshall McLuhan19111980Media theorist
Michael Peppiatt1941Art historian
Frances Harrison1966BBC Tehran Correspondent
Rachel Weisz1970Academy Award-winning actress
Edmund de Waal1964Ceramic artist and author
Alistair Potts1971British World Champion coxswain
Robert Runcie19212000Former Archbishop of Canterbury
Andrew Marr1959Political journalist and broadcaster
Nicholas Hytner1956Theatre and film director
Terry Waite1939Fellow Commoner of Trinity Hall
Geoffrey Howe1926Former MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer
Don Cupitt1934Philosopher of Religion and scholar of Christian theology
Mark Tully1935BBC radio broadcaster
Samuel Pepys16331703Diarist
John Monckton, 1st Viscount Galway16951751Whig politician
Robert Herrick15911674Poet
Admiral Howard15361624
Donald Maclean19131983Soviet spy
Khwaja Nazimuddin18941964Pakistan's second Prime Minister
David Sheppard19292005Bishop and cricketer
Ronald Firbank18861926Novelist
Billy Fiske19111940Olympian and first American fatality of WWII. Gold in both the 1928 and 1932 Olympics as driver in the US bobsleigh team.
Tony Slattery1959Perrier Comedy Award-winning comedian
Matthew Holness1975Perrier Comedy Award-winning creator of Garth Marenghi
Sophie Winkleman1980Actress
Magnus Linklater1942Journalist
Greville Janner1928Politician
Lord Fowler1938Politician
Lord Millett1932Law Lord
Lord Nicholls1933Law Lord
Nicholas Tomalin19311973Journalist and reporter
Thomas Bilney14951531Protestant reformer and martyr
Alfred Maudslay18501931Archaeologist, explorer, and diplomat
Andy Hopper1953Computer Pioneer, CBE FRS FREng
Emma Pooley1982Olympic silver medalist
Tom James1984Olympic Gold medalist
Aubrey de Grey1963Anti-ageing theorist
Neil Barnes1954Respiratory Physician/Consultant (Voted by the Times Magazine one of 'Britain's Top Docs')
Bruce Hendry1955Renal Physician
William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse18871915First airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross
Hugh Lawrence Doherty18751919Tennis player. Two gold and bronze medal in 1900 Olympics, won Wimbledon five consecutive times in singles and eight times in doubles (with his brother)
Reginald Frank Doherty18721910Tennis player. Two gold and bronze medal in 1900 Olympics, gold in 1908, won Wimledon single four times and doubles eight times
Gordon Lindsey ThomsonRower. Gold in coxless pairs, silver in coxless fours in 1908 Olympics
Douglas Cecil Rees Stuart18851969Rower. Bronze medal in 1908 Olympics
Richard Frederick Boyle18881953Rower. Bronze medal in 1908 Olympics
Harold Edward Kitching18851980Rower. Bronze medal in 1908 Olympics
Lord John Wodehouse18831941Polo player. Silver medal in 1908 Olympics, gold medal in 1920. It is said that P. G. Wodehouse based the character of Bertie Wooster on him.
Sidney Earnest Swann18901976Rower. Gold medal in 1912 Olympics, silver medal in 1920. The only Manx person to have won an Olympic Gold.
William Faulder Smith18861937Hockey player. Gold medal in 1920 Olympics
Archibald David Emdonstone Craig18871960Fencer. Competed in the 1924 and 1948 Olympics
Sir David John Meyrick19262004Rower. Silver medal in 1948 Olympics.
John Cockett1927Hockey player. Bronze medal in 1952 Olympics.
John Taylor1928Hockey player. Bronze medal in 1952 Olympics.
Zafar Ansari1991Surrey cricketer
Sam Levy1993Author of 'A Man and his Dog'

See also [edit]

References [edit]

  1. ^ a b "Student numbers". University of Cambridge website. Retrieved 2009-10-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/about/college/detail.asp?ItemID=2340
  3. ^ Martin Daunton, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

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External links [edit]

Coordinates: 52°12′21″N 0°06′58″E / 52.20583°N 0.11611°E / 52.20583; 0.11611 (Trinity Hall)