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Prince Charles opens new accommodation at Cambridge’s oldest university college

Prince Charles was in Cambridge on Monday 23rd February to officially open new student accommodation at Peterhouse, Cambridge’s oldest university college. Staff and students were on hand to welcome The Prince of Wales to the institution.

The building, which was named the Whittle Building after former Peterhouse student Sir Frank Whittle, was designed to compliment and complete the fourth side of a Tudor-Gothic court built in 1826. The accommodation houses 22 student rooms, a bar, a gym as well as a function room, two music practice rooms and a guest room.

Peterhouse Master, Professor Adrian Dixon, commented on the Royal visit, “Our undergraduates have through the centuries gone on to do great things and it is with great pleasure that we can say all of them can now remain within Peterhouse throughout their studies. Peterhouse is a place, where, rooted in tradition and security, new ideas, and successive generations of the brightest young people, have evolved, grown, and taken wing. We would like to thank His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for opening this new chapter in our long history.”

During his visit to Peterhouse, Prince Charles met with stonemason Gary Cook, of Ketton Stone Ltd, and apprentice bricklayer Sean Bartrum, who both worked on the building. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were The Bishop of Ely and town Mayor, Gerri Bird.

The new accommodation at Peterhouse has allowed it to blend in to the surroundings of Peterhouse’s Gisborne Court, which incorporates multiple architectural styles and has been occupied by the college since its foundation in the 13th century.

Professor Emeritus of History of Architecture, Professor David Watkin, commented on the Whittle Building, “John Simpson’s Whittle Building fits perfectly in to its setting. It blends into Gisborne Court, dating from the 1820s, by echoing its Tudor Gothic forms.”

The Prince of Wales himself studied at Cambridge, reading archaeology and anthropology before going on to study history at Trinity College between 1967 and 1968.

Featured Photo Credit: Peter Broster

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