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Trinity Hall is a constituent college of the University of Cambridgemarker, Englandmarker. It is the fifth-oldest college of the university, having been founded in 1350 by William Bateman, Bishop of Norwich.

Foundation

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 Norwichmarker." This led the college to be particularly strong in legal studies, a tradition that has continued over the centuries.

Buildings

The college site on the River Cammarker 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 on its Wychfield Site next to Fitzwilliam Collegemarker.

College life

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 including both sciences and arts. Situated on the River Cammarker, hidden between Clare Collegemarker and Trinity Collegemarker, the college is known for its friendly and unpretentious atmosphere. It also performs well at sport (e.g., rowing by its Boat Clubmarker) and has well-known musical and dramatic societies.

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 (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, Cambridgemarker (thereby effectively stealing Trinity Hall's name) 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.

Masters and Fellows

Interior wall showing Coat of Arms
The present Master is historian Professor Martin Daunton.

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Notable alumni

See also: :Category:Alumni of Trinity Hall, Cambridge



Name Birth Death Career
Hans Blix 1928 Former UN Chief Weapons Inspector
Stephen Hawking 1942 Physicist
J.B. Priestley 1894 1984 Writer
Marshall McLuhan 1911 1980 Media theorist
Frances Harrison 1966 BBC Tehren Corrspondent
Rachel Weisz 1971 Academy Award-winning actress
Robert Runcie 1921 2000 Former Archbishop of Canterbury
Andrew Marr 1959 Political journalist and broadcaster
Nicholas Hytner 1956 Theatre and film director
Terry Waite 1939 Fellow Commoner of Trinity Hall
Geoffrey Howe 1926 Former MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mark Tully 1935 BBC radio broadcaster
Samuel Pepys 1633 1703 Diarist
Robert Herrick 1591 1674 Poet
Admiral Howard 1536 1624
Donald Maclean 1913 1983 Soviet spy
Khwaja Nazimuddin 1894 1964 Pakistan's second Prime Minister
David Sheppard 1929 2005 Bishop and cricketer
Ronald Firbank 1886 1926 Novelist
Billy Fiske 1911 1940 Olympian and first American fatality of WWII
Tony Slattery 1959 Perrier Comedy Award-winning comedian
Matthew Holness Perrier Comedy Award-winning creator of Garth Marenghi
Sophie Winkleman 1981 Actress
Magnus Linklater 1942 Journalist
Greville Janner 1928 Politician
Norman Fowler 1938 Politician
Lord Millett 1932 Law Lord
Lord Nicholls 1933 Law Lord
Nicholas Tomalin 1931 1973 Journalist and reporter
Thomas Bilney 1495 1531 Protestant reformer and martyr
Alfred Maudslay 1850 1931 Archaeologist, explorer, and diplomat
Andy Hopper 1953 Computer Pioneer, CBE FRS FREng
Emma Pooley 1982 Olympic silver medalist & Tour de France winner
Tom James 1984 Olympic Gold medalist
Neil Barnes 1956 Respiratory Physician/Consultant
Bruce Hendry 1955 Renal Physician


Paired Oxford Colleges

Many Cambridge and Oxford Colleges are informally 'paired' with one another. Trinity Hall is paired both with All Souls College, Oxfordmarker and University College, Oxfordmarker.

See also



References

  1. Martin Daunton, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.


Bibliography

  • The Hidden Hall: Portrait of a Cambridge College, Peter Pagnamenta, ISBN 1-903942-31-4
  • Trinity Hall: The History of a Cambridge College, 1350-1975, Charles Crawley, ISBN 0-9505122-0-6


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