Clare College

Christ's College, Cambridge, First Court. [Click on the photographs above and below to enlarge them.] Early sixteenth century; refronted in 1758. The Great Gate on the left is the way in from St Andrew's Street, and the elaborate tower in the background is not that of a college chapel or church; it is the clock-tower of Alfred Waterhouse's bank building on Sidney Street, now Lloyds TSB. Charles Darwin had rooms in First Court as a student (see "First Court").

Clare College

Another side of First Court.

A Victorian History and Description of the College (1870)

Jesus College.— -This was founded, in 1456, under the name of God’s house, by Henry VI; and refounded in 1505, under its present name, by the mother of Henry VII, and others. It stands in St. Andrew’s-street; and forms two courts, partly build by Inigo Jones, one of them 140 feet by 120. The chapel is 84 feet long, and has paintings of Henry VII, and others, and the gravestone of Cudworth; and the gardens contains a mulberry tree planted by Milton.

The college has 15 fellowships, 29 scholarships, 18 livings, and an income of £9,179. Eminent men educted at it were Archbishops Sharp and Cornwallis, Bishops Latimer, Law and Porteus, the poets Milton, Cleland, Mede, Codworth, and Quarles, the platonist More, the blind professor Sanderson, Leland, Merde, Cudworth, T. Burnet, L. Richard. Harrington, and Paley. — John M. Wilson

Other views of Christ's College


"First Court." English Heritage: National Monuments Record. Web. 7 October 2011.

Wilson, John M. (John Marius). The imperial gazetteer of England and Wales: embracing recent changes in counties, dioceses, parishes, and boroughs: general statistics: postal arrangements: railway systems, &c.; and forming a complete description of the country. 8 vols. Edinburgh: A. Fullarton, 1870.Internet Archive online version of a copy in the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. Web. 27 October 2022.

Photograph 2011 by Montserrat Martínez Garcí; Text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. ]

Created 21 October 2002

Last modified 30 October 2022