Clare College, Clare Gardens and Clare Bridge
There is much to see and enjoy when you take a punting tour along the River Cam. This part of East Anglia is shrouded in history and architectural beauty, from the river you can see these marvels from a whole new perspective.
Floating along the river, you will come across impressive buildings and magnificent sights including Clare College, Clare Gardens and Clare Bridge.
The oldest college on the river, Clare College was founded in 1326 by Richard Badew, who was the chancellor of the University of Cambridge at the time. Originally, the college was known as University Hall.
University Hall hit financial difficulties due to inadequate funding, which lead Badew to supplement the scanty endowments from his own resources for several years. But it was not enough, and in 1336, the college received a new patron, Lady Elizabeth de Burgh (the Lady of Clare, Suffolk). University Hall was re-founded as Clare Hall in 1338.
The endowment from Lady de Burgh allowed the college to thrive. The new funding provided maintenance for ten students and twenty fellows, as opposed to the two fellows that University Hall had provided for. Over the next decade, Lady de Burgh developed statutes to protect the college, as undesirable practises had developed during the years of financial hardship. It was Lady de Burgh who conceived the idea of a college as a community of undergraduates, graduates, fellows and Master.
Clare Hall became Clare College in 1856, one of many colleges to change their name from Hall to College over the preceding four centuries. The last college to be founded as a Hall was St Catherine’s, in 1459. King’s College had been founded in 1441, and from then on, it became the fashion to rename colleges, substituting “College” for “Hall”, Clare Hall and Pembroke Hall, who renamed the same year, were the last two colleges to make this change.