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Selwyn College, Cambridge

History of Selwyn College

Museum of Cambridge collection

General information about Selwyn College can be found on Wikipedia.

Newnham, Selwyn colleges and Military Hospital circa WWI

Cambridge Inscriptions Explained by Nancy Gregory (2006) looks at the background to the inscription over the main gateway:


Stand firm in the faith. Act like men (I Corinthains, 16:13)

It can be explained in the context of then college charter, which stated that provision should be made for those who intended to serve as missionaries at home and abroad, and also for the sons of clergyman.

Very simple living it was too in the early days: baths were simply tin baths in the rooms, and toilets were earth closets. Lighting consisted of oil lamps for undergraduates and gas for dons.


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