Clare College

Clare College Peter Church

Photo by Peter Chruch

About Clare College

Clare College was founded in 1326 and is currently the second oldest constituent college of Cambridge University. Lady Elizabeth de Clare, granddaughter of King Edward I, provided the original endowment, which allowed for no more than fifteen scholars or “fellows” and included the estates of “Great Gransden and Duxford.”

Clare College is famously musical with a world-renowned choir that has performed internationally. Most of the students play musical instruments and often involve themselves in the Clare College Music Society. Students have the ability to keep a piano in their room in order to practice, a rule that most colleges at Cambridge follow.

Hosting an endowment of about £65 million, Clare has a popular presence at Cambridge University. In 1972, it became one of three colleges to admit female undergraduates. The college continues a tradition of liberal and progressive practices and has won praise for transparency during the admissions process.

Clare College Grounds & Architecture

Clare College is best known for its chapel choir, gardens, and beautiful architecture. Known as “The Backs,” the gardens overlook the River Cam, located behind the college. Clare’s famous Old Court frames King’s College Chapel (pictured above), which is a highly celebrated and photographed piece of architecture in England.

The bridge connecting the Old Court and the Memorial Court has fourteen stone balls atop its pillars that make it one of the most photographed sites at Cambridge. The bridge designer is said to have not completed the embellishment in protest of proper payment. The bridge is the oldest on the University campus.

Clare College Bridge

The bridge at Clare College. Photo by John Sutton

Clare College Contact & Location

Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TL
Tel: +44 1223 333200
Fax: +44 1223 333219

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