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Old Divinity School

History of Old Divinity School, Trinity Street

This was built by Basil Champneys in 1878-9 following a competition in 1876. Pevsner describes it as early Tudor, ‘the treatment lively and not at all pedantic,┬ástaircases at both ends, each an intricate play of stone shafts and vaults – forerunners of Champneys’ Rylands Library at Manchester.’

When the foundations were being dug, the ground was found to be full of skeletons of bodies thrown in at the time of the Black Death, mid 14th cent.


Thomas Hammond, 50, curator, b Surrey

Ann, 45, b Fulham

Frederick, 16, clerk to robemaker, b Cambridge

Thomas, 14, apprentice to chemist, b Cambridge



Thomas Hammond, 70, custodian, b Surrey

Annie Chapman, 44, housekeeper, b Cambs


Frederick Harris, 45, attendant Cambridge University, b Oxford

Louisa, 45, b Cambridge


Selwyn Divinity School

Canon Henry Barclay Swete DD, Regius Professor of Divinity

Frederick Harris, attendant

J F Miller and Sons, Wine Vaults


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