Doors - Gary Cook

Trinity College Door

Trinity College Door. This is the ancient door of Trinity College, Cambridge, in the UK. Trinity College itself was founded by King Henry VIII, but it was formed by amalgamating two much older colleges, Michaelhouse and King’s Hall. The colleges were amalgamated after King Henry VIII passed an act of parliament giving him the right to close and confiscate the property of any religious house of the time. The universities of that time were often religious in nature and so to try to stave off disaster the college professors and the local clergy appealed to King Henry VIII’s then wife, Catherine Parr, to save the colleges. The King agreed but forced the amalgamation of the two founding colleges. The door shown here forms part of the original King’s Hall, which was first founded in 1317 by Edward II, and refounded by Edward III in 1337. The inscription above the door on the right hand side records Edward III’s founding in Latin, shown as the year MCCCXXXVII (1337 in Roman numerals). The eldest son of Edward III, Edward of Woodstock, is also inscribed above the door, known more popularly in history as the Black Prince. Imagine the history that has passed through this door... notable alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, Bertrand Russell, Lord Byron, to name just a few. Trinity is also home to the beautiful Wren Library, the most fascinating and historically significant Library I have ever visited. The student bicycle propped against the door frame shows the immense scale of the door.