Trinity College was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas Pope, on land previously occupied by Durham College. Trinity College was founded as a training house for Catholic priests in the sixteenth century. In the past 100 years, Trinity College has been continuously evolving and expanding in the numbers of fellows and students, and the college buildings and grounds.
During the civil war Trinity College stood loyal to the king, and in January 1643 the college’s donated the all silver plates to be melted down into silver pennies to pay the troops.
Trinity College chapel is one of the most beautiful and famous chapels in Oxford. The original chapel was built by Benedictine Durham College and dedicated on 27 January 1410. The Chapel was re-built in 1694.
Sir Thomas Pope who was the founder of the college is buried with his wife Elizabeth and their monument is to the left of the altar.
Rivalry between Trinity College and Balliol College is very famous. Sports team, both in field and river is highly competitive. The song sung by some students has become very famous among students. The traditional words run:
Face like a ham,
Bobby Johnson says so
And he should know.”
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