St John’s College Cambridge
St John’s College was founded on 9th April 1511 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, who also founded Christ’s College. The full name of the College is “the Master, Fellows and Scholars of the College of St John’s the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge”. The College’s Alumni includes 9 Nobel Prize winners, 6 Prime Ministers of various countries, 3 Archbishops, at least 2 Princes and 3 Saints.
In 2011, the College celebrated its Quincentenary, an event marked by the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The College has 11 courts, the most of any Cambridge or Oxford Colleges. St John’s College first admitted women in October 1981, with the first woman undergraduates arriving in 1982. The College’s hall has a fine hammerbeam roof, painted in black and gold. The room was extended from five to eight bays according to designs by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1863. In 1564, Queen Elizabeth rode into the Hall on horseback during a state visit to Cambridge. Second Court, which was built from 1598 to 1602, has been described as the finest Tudor Court in England.
The Bridge of Sighs, originally known as “New Bridge”, is one of the most photographed structures in Cambridge and was described by the visiting Queen Victoria as “so pretty and picturesque”. It is a single span bridge.
Eating Swan – Fellows of St John’s College are the only people outside the Royal family legally allowed to eat an unmarked mute swan. However, it has not been eaten in the College for around 30 years.
The College Grace The College Grace is customly said before and after dinner in Hall. The reading of Grace before dinner is usually the duty of a Scholar of the College. Grace after dinner is said by the President or the most Senior Fellow dining.
COACHES WILL LEAVE IoD ABOUT 0930 FOLLOWING A LIGHT BREAKFAST. PRICE WILL BE £70 INCLUDING THE RETURN COACH FARE.