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Review of Jesus College

Jesus College
Ranked #54 of 167 things to do in Cambridge
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Owner description: One of the colleges of Cambridge University that was built on the site of a 12th-century nunnery, and which today features spacious grounds and a pretty 16th-century cloister court.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

A pleasure to be able to walk around this old college. The buildings are from different periods and the new ones are blending in very nicely. The location next to Jesus green and Midsummer commons is nice.

Visited September 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Great in the night, greater in the day”
Reviewed 20 December 2012

My first visit was on a Thursday night for a formal dinner that I had to attend. Behind the garden walls you can find yourself wondering through a complete maze of passages between courtyards. Definitely this college has a certain enchanting something that makes you love it.

Visited October 2012
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“A college worth seeing.”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

The college and grounds are beautiful.The chapel and cloisters are well worth a visit,very atmospheric.

Visited February 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Jesus Cambridge - worth a couple of hours”
Reviewed 22 August 2005

If visiting Cambridge, Jesus College is worth a look. Starting at the top (North) of the Trinity/St Johns complex, where the two streets meet, go South a few yards on the Eastmost of the 2 Streets, then (at Sainsbury's) turn East onto Jesus Lane for about 150 yards, enter by Iron Gates on the North leading onto a Brick-walled alley dominated by the Entrance Gate and Porters' Lodge.
The upper part of this Gate structure contains a statue of Bishop [of Ely] Alcock , founder (1496)of the college, hence the rebus of the College, a Cockerel surmount a Globe ('all'). He founded the College on the structure of a Nunnery which had decayed down to 2 nuns. The Dining Hall, Chapel (somewhat scaled down), and the Master's Lodge still remain. 'Modern' buildings added (some quite recently) have all followed the 3-wall Courtyard plan - the only 4-wall Court is Cloister court .
Chapel has 1900's ceiling ornamentation by William Morris (or his workshop).
Every 2 years an eleborate Sculpture exhibition is held in the grounds; the rest of the year, Jesus has a permanent display of outdoor sculpture.
You can walk out to the East [among the trees note a few tiny gravestones for Undergrad's dogs in the 19th Century, if they are still ther onto Victoria Ave thru a Pedestrian gate (the Vehicle gate is usually closed) and then cross Midsummer Common to the river Cam. All College boathouses are on the opposite bank. Rowing races (eights & smaller boats) either start here and go to the East (downstream), or come back from the Road bridge (2-1/2 miles) to this point.
Alumni (or fellows) include Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Cranmer, Malthus, and more recently Bronowksi, Prince Edward ...
From the early 1900's, Jesus specialized in rowing .. this small boat club (less than 50) became World Champions (Grand Challenge Cup, Henley, 1946).

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