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Clare College, Cambridge

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This post marks the final part of my day trip to Cambridge, which began with a mass service at the King’s College Chapel (read here), followed by a visit to St. John’s College (read here), and a walk by the Bridge of Sighs (read here). Clare College was the last stop on my trip, and I wanted to take as many photos as possible before heading back to jolly ol’ London.

entrance to Clare College

another gated entrance to the gardens

Clare College is another constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Founded in 1326, after Peterhouse it is the oldest surviving college of the University. It is famous for its chapel choir and the its gardens on “the Backs” (the term for the back of the colleges that overlook the River Cam).

Memorial Court

Memorial Court

Trinity College Bridge

Trinity College Bridge

Kitchen Bridge

Kitchen Bridge

punting on the river

punting on the river

According to Wikipedia, “in 1972 the college became one of the three male Cambridge colleges that led the way in admitting female undergraduates (the other two being Churchill and King’s). Clare is known as one of the most musical colleges in Cambridge. Its choir is internationally recognised and has performed all over the world.

entrance to the college gardens

entrance to the college gardens

statue of Confucius

statue of Confucius

entrance to actual college grounds

entrance to actual college grounds

"Fellows Garden - closed"

“Fellows Garden – closed”

sneak peak into the Fellows Garden

sneak peak into the Fellows Garden

The college’s May Ball is held annually on the Monday of May Week (which is, interestingly enough, held in the middle of June), and it is one of the largest May balls held in Cambridge. According to Wikipedia, the Clare College May Ball is well-known for “securing popular head-liners”.

River Cam

River Cam

punting along the River Cam

punting along the River Cam

Clare College

Clare College

Old Court inscription

Old Court inscription

Old Court entrance

Old Court entrance

The college was beautiful, and its buildings were literally sun-kissed golden when the sun began to set. Unfortunately the college was about to have a service, so I didn’t really have the time to fully explore the college grounds. I did get to explore the grounds (and take plenty of photos), but I had to hurry back to the station to take the train back to London while the sun was still up. Not to mention, it was getting pretty chilly – and windy!

 

yet another bridge over the River Cam

yet another bridge over the River Cam

 

train back to London

train back to London

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