This is a continuation of my last post in which I described my day in Cambridge minus the college visits. I managed two which happened to be next door to each other and one considerably smaller than the other - well at least the parts where visitors were allowed. First up Gonville and Caius, usually known as Caius (pronounced keys).
This is one of the oldest colleges. It was originally founded in 1348 as Gonville Hall by Edmund Gonville, Rector of Terrington in Norfolk. It was re-founded in 1557 By Sir John Caius, an eminent physician who served the children of Henry VIII - Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The photo above shows one of the corners of Tree Court which is entered from Trinity Street through the Gate of Humility.
This gateway in Caius Court is called the Gate of Honour and at one time students passed through this gate to receive their degree. The building behind to the right is the Cockerell Building Library to the left I think, is the back of the famous Senate House.
My next visit was to Trinity College. It was founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII whose statue is on the face of the great gate as you enter the college from Trinity street. Access through the old wooden doors brings you straight into the Great Court. The photo below shows the fountain with the hall behind. Unfortunately the Hall wasn't open at the time I was there.
Off this great court are rooms occupied by such people as Sir Isaac Newton who lived on the first floor in the small stretch of buildings you can see below between the Great Gate and the Chapel. Another occupant was the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, who lived on the ground floor of the same building
From the Great Court I went through the screened passageway by the Hall into Neville's Court. At the end of this court is the Wren Library, designed, of course, by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1695.
The poet Lord Byron had rooms in this court but according to the guide leaflet the bear he brought with him to Cambridge was housed elsewhere. During the first world war the cloisters of this court were screened off to use as a hospital.
I couldn't enter the Hall but visitors could visit the chapel. and I sat, completely alone in here. I could almost reach out and touch the silence as I sat amongst the white statues of such famous people as Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon and Alfred Lord Tennyson. I didn't feel in the least overwhelmed by my illustrious companions.
You may remember the famous race against the clock around the Great Court between Harold Abrahams and Lord Burghley in the film 'Chariots of Fire'. The 'race' between the two never happened but Lord Burghley did accomplish the run round the court in the time it took the clock to strike twelve in 1927.