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Clare College, Cambridge

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Clare College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. The college was founded in 1326 as University Hall, making it the second-oldest surviving college of the University after Peterhouse. It was refounded in 1338 as Clare Hall by an endowment from Elizabeth de Clare. Clare is famous for its chapel choir and for its gardens on "the Backs" (the back of the colleges that overlook the River Cam).The current Master is Anthony Grabiner, Baron Grabiner, a British barrister.Clare is consistently one of the most popular Cambridge colleges amongst prospective applicants. As of 2014, it had an endowment of over £89m.HistoryThe college was founded in 1326 by the university's Chancellor, Richard Badew, and was originally named University Hall. Providing maintenance for only two fellows, it soon hit financial hardship. In 1338, the college was refounded as Clare Hall by an endowment from Elizabeth de Clare, a granddaughter of Edward I, which provided for twenty fellows and ten students.The college was known as Clare Hall until 1856, when it changed its name to "Clare College". (A new "Clare Hall" was founded by Clare College as an exclusively postgraduate institution in 1966.)
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  • There is not a lot to see in this small college compared to some of the others but there is a public footpath which runs from the corner by Kings College through a couple of the college quads down to ...  more »
  • Clare College has interesting buildings, well worth seeing, but its great glory is the Fellows Garden to the west of the Cam. Go and stroll around, enjoy the colours and the arrangements of the beds, ...  more »
  • we paid £15 for one adult and child under 17 to get into Kings which is entered at the rear by the church, next to clare college. A young man told us as we entered Kings that there was a free recital ...  more »
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  • Excellent place - i am in love with this place.
  • Great selection of whisky in the mcr bar, larger selection than any other bar in Cambridge.
  • Porter very friendly. Room quite expensive however for two nights.
  • Fantastic place for culture and learning quintessentially english
  • Lovey tranquil gardens leading to the river and college :-)