- List of fictional Cambridge colleges
Fictional colleges are perennially popular in modern novels, allowing the author much greater licence when describing the more intimate activities of a
Cambridgecollege. Such institutions are often home to eccentrics or miscreants, murderers or snobs, and though wistfully romantic in their cloistered courts, host fictional events that could prove libellous were identifiable institutions used.
Below is a list of some of the fictional colleges of the
University of Cambridge.
*Bishop Weblog's College - Featured in NST IA Biology of Cells 2007 and 2008 Practical Examination Papers, and is usually the subject of some microorganism based connundrum that students must solve.
*Brakespeare College - "
Manalive" by G. K. Chesterton
*Coli College - Featured in an NST IA Biology of Cells Practical Class during Lent term 2008, which was apparently suffering from an outbreak of food poisoning caused by a virulent strain of a mysterious bacterium.
*Fisher College - "The Cambridge Murders" by
Dilwyn Rees, situated between real-life St John's College and Trinity College.
*Haworth College - Dr Rose Fenemore in "Stormy Petrel" by
Mary Stewartis described as the College's English tutor, though most of the novel is set on the Isle of Mull.
*Heath College - A spoof college mentioned in a Cambridge undergraduate magazine. It was to be founded by a benefactor called Mr Heath. The article eventually suggested there were rumours that it would be merged with
Robinson College( which hadn't started admitting students) to form Heath-Robinson College
*Lady Jane's College - mentioned in a short story by
Cordwainer Smith, founded as part of the " Rediscovery of Man".
*Lancaster College - various books by
Simon Raven. Bears more than a passing resemblance to King's College.
*Lauds College - various books by
Susan Howatch. Fictionally contains Cambridge Cathedral, so is similar to Christ Church, Oxford. Charles Ashworth was a fellow of the College and many other characters studied there. Named after William Laud, controversial seventeenth century Archbishop of Canterbury
*Pelby College - spoof college that Cambridge students use as an "unmistakable landmark" when giving directions to tourists. By convention it is located somewhere between Magdalene and St John's. [Varsity, October 2002]
Porterhouse College- " Porterhouse Blue" by Tom Sharpe. The name suggests Peterhouse, though it is also a pun on college porters and porterhouse steaks. It is also reputedly based loosely on Pembroke, Sharpe's alma mater.
*St Agatha's College - "The Wyndham Case" (1993) & "A Piece of Justice" (1995) by
Jill Paton Walsh, located between Castle Mound and Chesterton Lane.
*St Alupent's College - in the novels of Mary Selby/Joanna Bell. The author studied at Gonville and Caius College.
*St Angelicus College - "The Gate of Angels" (1990) by
Penelope Fitzgerald. Situated not far from Christ's Pieces.
*St Barnabas' College - "Tomorrow's Ghost" (1979) by
*St Bartholemew's College - "Nights in White Satin" (1999) by
Michelle Spring. Located near the police station and New Square, with murders investigated by Laura Principal of Newnham College.
*St Bernard's College - "Darkness at Pemberley" by
T. H. White. Loosely disguised version of Queens' College. [ [http://www2.netdoor.com/~moulder/thwhite/dap_a.html "Darkness at Pemberley" at England Have My Bones] ]
*St Botolph's College - Example college in Cambridge University Computing Service documentation.
*St Cake's College - In "Gardie's - The Opera", name given to a fictional corollary to Gonville and Caius College, which lost a large public-relations battle in its efforts to close a popular late-night student eatery. The struggle to save the Gardenia, or "Gardies," was adapted to a comedic opera and performed at Queens' College in 2005.
*St Cedd's College - Various works by
Douglas Adams. Based on St. John's College, the alma mater of Douglas Adams.
*St Dunstan's College, Cambridge - College of Professor Austin Herring, who appears in
Chris Addison's " The Ape That Got Lucky" and "Civilisation"
*St Ignatius' College - the university that
Albert Campionwent to, according to the novels of Margery Allingham.
*St Margaret's College - "The Cambridge Theorem" by Tony Cape
*St Martha's College - "Matricide at St. Martha's" by
Ruth Dudley Edwards.
*St Martin's College - "War Game" by
*St Mary's College - "
The Hills of Varna" by Geoffrey Trease.
*St Matthew's College - Various works by
Stephen Fry. Loosely disguised version of Queens' College, revealed by names of bridges and courts.
*St Radegund's College - an all-female college in "Hearts and Mind" by Rosy Thornton.
*St Stephen's College - "For the Sake of Elena" by
Elizabeth George, located between Trinity College and Trinity Hall (a physical impossibility in the real world, as the two colleges are separated only by an alleyway which is about five to ten feet wide) and modelled on the latter.
*Tudor College - the home of the main characters in "The Night Climbers" by
Weirdsister College- Magical college, setting of a sequel to The Worst Witch".
*Wetmarsh College - subject of an operetta by Mark Wainwright and Roland Anderson entitled "Wetmarsh College, or, Dr Middlebottom", first staged at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, in 2005 (Wetmarsh is never explicitly said to be in Cambridge, but Wainwright's libretto [albeit including a little Oxford terminology] and the place of its composition and first performance make it fairly clear).
*an unnamed college in
C. P. Snow's novel "The Masters" and other novels in the " Strangers and Brothers" series. Snow disparaged what he called the 'Christminster' convention of the naming of fictitious colleges.
*An unnamed college in the
BBC Radio 4comedy series " High Table, Lower Orders".
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