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
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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Not to be confused with Trinity College, Cambridge.
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
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.

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.

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, in particular The Preston Society named after Thomas Preston, author of the play “Cambyses King of Persia”, originally published in 1584, the year before he became Master.[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 incorporated in the foundation of Trinity College in 1546.

Masters and Fellows[edit]

The present Master, historian Professor Martin Daunton,[3] is due to stand down in September 2014. He will be replaced by the Revd Dr Jeremy Morris.[4]

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]

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.
  4. ^ "Trinity Hall - Master". Trinity Hall Cambridge. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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