Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

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Sidney Sussex College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England. The college was founded in 1596 under the terms of the will of Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex and named after its foundress. It was from its inception an avowedly Protestant foundation; "some good and godlie moniment for the mainteynance of good learninge". In her will, Lady Sussex left the sum of £5,000 together with some plate to found a new college at Cambridge University "to be called the Lady Frances Sidney Sussex College". Her executors Sir John Harington and Henry Grey, 6th Earl of Kent, supervised by Archbishop John Whitgift, founded the college seven years after her death.As of 2014, the college had an endowment of £36.m., and total capital and reserves of £108.m.HistoryWhile the college's geographic size has changed little since 1596, an additional range was added to the original E-shaped buildings in the early 17th century and the appearance of the whole college was changed significantly in the 1820s and 1830s, under the leadership of the Master at the time, William Chafy. By the early 19th century, the buildings' original red brick was unfashionable and the hall range was suffering serious structural problems. The opening up of coal mines on estates left to the College in the 18th century provided extra funds which were to be devoted to providing a new mathematical library and accommodation for Mathematical Exhibitioners. As a result, the exterior brick was covered with a layer of cement, the existing buildings were heightened slightly, and the architectural effect was also heightened, under the supervision of Sir Jeffry Wyatville.
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  • Famously the least attractive of the older Oxbridge colleges - only Balliol (Oxford) or St Catz here, are as unattractive - but this one is the ugliest. The first court is a real stinker - it looks li...  more »
  • My sister-in-law and I were warmly greeted and directed to our room. Even though we had to drag our luggage down the walk and around the corner, we were pleased with our room. It was comfortable, clea...  more »
  • There’s quite a lot hidden behind its unimpressive stone facade in its central Cambridge location. To have studied here is something Oliver Cromwell and Carol Vorderman have in common. From New Model ...  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Very tranquil inside.
  • Went for a work Christmas social. The dining room was very elegant, however the service was awful. There was about a 20 minute delay between the main course for vegetarians and non vegetarians. Completely understaffed for the event. Shame, since everything else was great.
  • Beautiful college in the winter sun.
  • Ideally located for visiting Centre of Cambridge (Has a Sainsburys on it's doorstep!). Stayed in a shared bathroom single room for £45 pn with excellent cooked breakfast.
  • Oliver Cromwell went here and, apparently, his head is buried somewhere in the college grounds. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but it's a nice college and a convenient distance from Salisbury i.e. next door.

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