Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Colleges of the University of Cambridge

Trinity Hall

The main entrance to Trinity Hall in Trinity Lane
Full name College of Scholars of the Holy Trinity of Norwich
Founder William Bateman, Bishop of Norwich
Named after The Holy Trinity
Established 1350
Admittance Men and women
Master Martin Daunton
Undergraduates 390[1]
Graduates 231[1]
Sister colleges All Souls College, Oxford;
University College, Oxford
Location Trinity Lane (map)
Trinity Hall heraldic shield
College website
Boat Club website
The Jerwood Library in Latham Court backs on to the River Cam next to Garret Hostel Bridge.

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



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


The college site on the River Cam 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 Thompson's Lane, and on its Wychfield Site next to Fitzwilliam College.

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 across the sciences, arts and humanities. Situated on the River Cam, nested between Clare College and Trinity College, the college is known for its friendly and unpretentious atmosphere. It also performs well at sport (e.g., rowing by its Boat Club) and has well-known musical and dramatic societies.[citation needed]

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 or Houses (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, Cambridge 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, although Trinity Hall college (lower case) is, strictly speaking, accurate. Interestingly a similar situation existed once before in the history of the University, when Henry VI founded King's College (in 1441) despite the existence of King's Hall (founded in 1317). King's Hall was later dissolved in the foundation of Trinity College in 1546.

Masters and Fellows

The Elizabethan Library
Interior wall showing Coat of Arms

The present Master is historian Professor Martin Daunton.[2]

See also:

  • List of Masters of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
  • Fellows of Trinity Hall, Cambridge

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 Tehran Correspondent
Rachel Weisz 1971 Academy Award-winning actress
Alistair Potts 1971 British World Champion coxswain
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
Don Cupitt 1934 Philosopher of Religion and scholar of Christian theology
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
Lord 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
Aubrey de Grey 1963 Anti-ageing theorist
Neil Barnes 1954 Respiratory Physician/Consultant (Voted by the Times Magazine one of 'Britain's Top Docs')
Bruce Hendry 1955 Renal Physician
William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse 1887 1915 First airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross

Paired Oxford Colleges

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

See also



  • 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
  • Warren's Book (Ed. 1911 by A.W.W.Dale)

External links

Coordinates: 52°12′21″N 0°06′58″E / 52.20583°N 0.11611°E / 52.20583; 0.11611 (Trinity Hall)

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