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As I’ve mentioned before, back in February I was in Cambridge for a few days with my son looking at colleges to help him decide his university applications. Here are 3 more colleges that we saw during our time there, Saint Catharine’s College, Gonville & Caius and Magdalene College.

Saint Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Saint Catharine’s College was founded in 1473. Some of the more famous alumni are the journalist and TV presenter Jeremy Paxman, the actor Sir Ian McKellan and the 18th Century Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne, who developed the Lunar parallax method of determining longitude.



Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Gonville and Caius College was founded in 1348. Some of the more famous alumni are Harold Abrahams (who won gold in the 100m at the 1924 Paris Olympics and is one of the main heroes in the film “Chariots of Fire”), Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Born and TV presenter and comedian Jimmy Carr.



Magdalene College, Cambridge

Magdalene College was founded in 1428. The college’s full name is The College of Saint Mary Magdalene. The pronunciation of Magdalene is Mawd-lin, so has retained the pronunciation from how it was pronounced in English when the college was founded, not how we tend to pronounce Magdalene today. Some notable alumi of the college are Julian Fellowes (who has written the successful TV series “Downton Abbey”), C.S. Lewis (author of “The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe”), and the diarist Samuel Pepys.


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