Clearly seen from the bridge over the Cam in Silver Street, but with its main entrance rather hidden in a narrow back lane, this college may rightly be called a hidden gem. The first two patrons were Margaret of Anjou (Henry VI's queen) and Elizabeth Woodville (Edward IV's queen). The present queen is now the patron - all reinforcing the position of the apostrophe in the college's name.
Walking through the main gate introduces the visitor into a peaceful world straight out of the Middle Ages - small picturesque courtyards (one of them containing the last remaining half-timbered buildings in a Cambridge college); detail features like a wonderful sundial; and of course the Old Hall. The hall is a medieval masterpiece which was further embellished sympathetically in the late nineteenth century. It is a wonderful mix of colour and detail, from the fireplace to the ceiling. The portrait of Elizabeth Woodville takes centre place on the far wall - well, one of her portraits: the famous one was extensively reproduced and the College has three copies, none as good as the original, so you might be disappointed.
The famous "mathematical bridge" - a complex wooden structure, takes the visitor over the Cam to the modern part of the College. All in all, very well worth a visit - a lovely mix of old and new. Step into the Past and savour the atmosphere.
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